Posted by Victoria S Dennis on December 21, 2006
In Reply to: Indigo in her hosiery posted by Smokey Stover on December 21, 2006
: : "indigo in her hosiery" from a puritan in babylon the story of calvin coolidge
: : by william allen white.
: I haven't read this book, but I think it might possibly turn out that White was talking about some intellectual female, or what was then called a bluestocking. Indigo is a blue dye, which I suppose could be used to dye hosiery. Bluestocking, as an epithet for intellectual female, has its own history. Look it up.
Absolutely correct, Smokey. In fact the original blue stockings were indeed dyed with indigo (which, BTW, is called "pastel" in French - hence "pastel blue").