Real Silk Hosiery Mills Inc. was founded in 1922 by J.A. and L.L. Goodman in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. The company ran knitting mills which manufactured hosiery, lingerie, and underwear. At its peak, the company's sales volume averaged more than one million dozen pairs of women's stockings a year.
The Company had over 7000 representatives who sold ladies and men’s hosiery by going from door to door, from home to office. The products could only be purchased through a salesperson. The Real Silk Company logo was - ‘From Mill to Millions’.
Sales Representatives gave promotional gifts to potential customers. The ‘matchbook’ stocking mending kits often had a space where the Salesperson could write his name and contact details in. The kit featured here contains silk thread for mending stockings as well as Run-Arrestor Wands which were match-stick size. When the tip of the wand was moistened and applied to the stocking it prevented further ‘runs’ in the silk.
T he company ran into financial difficulties in the early 1930’s, as a result of the Great Depression, but the financial situation did improve once again however ….
… . disputes occurred with their workforce over wage increases which resulted in a strike in 1934, that led to the arrest of sixteen strikers.
Company profits declined again in the early 1940s as a result of the lessened need for silk during World War II, although the company was instrumental in the manufacturing of parachutes for bombs as well as hosiery for both male and female military personnel.
Die-Cut, leg shaped, advertising Silk thread winders. The colours are Atmosphere, Champagne, Zinc Gray & Indian Skin .
In 1957 Real Silk Inc. became registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an investment company, although they continued the door to door selling of hosiery, lingerie, and other clothing products throughout the USA.
The company continues to operate, on a smaller scale, in Indianapolis at 445 N. Pennsylvania. The former plant was converted into apartments in the late 1980s.
Information on the Real Silk Hosiery Mills Company was taken from Company Archives that are available on the internet as well as adverts from the Ladies Home Journal circa 1925, together with valuable contributions from Thimble Collectors Barbara Hluboky (VA), Mary Craft.(TX) & Kit Froebel (TX) --%-- Compiled by Jenny Scharff Bockel, Johannesburg, South Africa, October 2007 and updated May 2008. Not for profit. Purely for the enjoyment and education of thimble and sewing tool collectors everywhere. [email_address] The End