Ladies Lounge: Real Silk Hosiery

Written by on May 14, 2012 in Ladies Lounge - 5 Comments
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Real Silk Hosiery was one of the more successful and well known manufacturers in Indianapolis of yesteryear. Lucky we are that the Real Silk Lofts, (where hosiery, lingerie, undergarments and eventually products needed for World War II were created) are still there. That water tower makes me smile every time I catch a glimpse of it. Real Silk operations began in 1922 and ceased  in the 1950’s. Check out a few of the fun adverts (for sale on ebay right now) from our very own Real Silk through a few decades:  1925


1938 & 1939


Sewing kits, date unknown–these are often just as artistically beautiful as the adverts are–anyone out there remember owning a pair or seeing a female relative with any Real Silk goods? If I lived there, I’d have a huge collection of this stuff on display…

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5 Comments on "Ladies Lounge: Real Silk Hosiery"

  1. P.J. May 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm · Reply

    Tiffany–You’ve given me a great idea! I want to frame some vintage ads to hang in the ‘common area’ for our future guests & was thinking about Arrow or others with colorful art. Now I think it would be more appropriate to feature ads from companies in Indiana. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Amanda May 15, 2012 at 9:18 am · Reply

    My grandparents both worked at Real Silk when they met. The story goes that my grandfather kept asking to walk my grandmother to her car after work, but she didn’t really like him very much (she said he was arrogant). One day she worked late and was stuck needing someone to walk her to her car. I guess he managed to charm her from the door to the parking lot because they were married for over 50 years! A picture I took of that water tower still hangs in the house my grandfather built for her where my parents now live.

  3. Robin Vermillion April 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm · Reply

    My late grandma worked for Real Silk and I just bought an old ad for the company on ebay. She loved working there.

    • Tiffany Benedict Berkson April 4, 2013 at 9:06 am · Reply

      Those ads are really terrific, aren’t they? My grandma also worked there during WWII!

  4. Gary Barsch December 3, 2014 at 8:29 am · Reply

    My father, Jerry Barsch, worked for Real Silk Hosiery Mills, in the Long Beach, CA office from about 1935 to 1942. He was a field salesman for the area south of Imperial Highway, in Los Angeles County, including Catalina Island, and all of Orange County, California. I remember his sales valise with samples and order pads. He took orders and would deliver orders in his sales area. I just wish I had the sales valise for you to examine. The logo is very interesting to me, being a retired typographer. The pseudo-Oriental lettering style was unusual, in that Jerry made signs for his car with the logo. Many, many memories.

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