Tuesday 11 March 2014
Last September I posted a picture of a 1940s lingerie pattern which included instructions for laying the pattern pieces on panels of parachute silk. Since then I have come across a gem of a second hand book - all the 1960 editions of the company magazine of British Nylon Spinners. There is a fascinating article about parachutes, which includes the wartime reminiscences of six BNS men who had been paratroopers.
These photographs were taken during a visit by members of BNS to GQ Parachute Company at Woking.
I'm not taken in by the coy nudge nudge caption (oh how very 1960). Tom Squire only has eyes for the sewing machine.
It was interesting finding out that from some time in 1941 parachutes were no longer made from silk but from nylon. Perhaps from now on I should refer to nylon as parachute silk. It sounds far more exotic.