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Indigo in her hosiery

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.
: SS

Absolutely correct, Smokey. In fact the original blue stockings were indeed dyed with indigo (which, BTW, is called "pastel" in French - hence "pastel blue").