Found some lovely gems from the 1940s when the nylon shortage made women find creative solutions. Some just drew on seams; others went for full leg-painting plus seams. More after the jump.
Found: Paint-on Stockings ca. 1940sFollow GloriaBrame
Also, an excerpt from an interview with a woman who was there..
As for the lack of nylons, the girls made do with rayon stockings ("The minute you sat down, they were baggy,") or they painted their legs with a product called Stocking Stick. "If you weren't tan, it made your legs look tan. If you wanted to go farther, you took an eyebrow pencil and made a seam." But Stocking Stick wasn't without its issues. "When we went to the beach, we laughed so hard because we saw this gal go into the water in her bathing suit, but the Stocking Stick only went up to right above the knees." And the girls learned to avoid Stocking Stick if they would be dancing with a guy dressed in Navy whites, as there was a danger of transfer. "They did not appreciate that," she remembers.