In 1941, the lovely Rita Hayworth reportedly sent notes to 110 other actresses, asking them to pledge that they wouldn’t hoard silk stockings. There was word that due to the cessation of silk imports from Japan there may soon be a shortage of the stockings. Actresses were buying them in bulk just in case. In the notes Hayworth wrote:
Let’s buy silk hose and undies as we need them. It wouldn’t be fair for girls in the higher income brackets to buy up stocks when there are so many girls who can buy only one at a time. At the worth we’ll have to wear cotton. I wore cotton myself once and can again.
FYI for those of you who aren’t history buffs, the attack on Pearl Harbor would happen about four months after this article was published and silk stockings got a lot harder to find after that!
Source: Star Asks Actresses Not to Hoard Stockings, Reading Eagle, Aug 14 1941, Page 18