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Show off Your L’eggs!

Leggs Idea Book - cover

The Leggs Idea Book
Dozens of Creative Projects
Eames
1976

If you were of panty hose wearing age in the 1970s, you probably remember the L’eggs. They became quite a thing based on the packaging that looked like an egg. Get it? Of course after you wear the hose and move on with your life, what do you do with all the plastic egg shaped containers? This book is your solution. I can’t remember the last time I saw the L’egg’s plastic egg in the store. I can only imagine that they discontinued the packaging from a cost/environmental issue. The 1970s were a magical time.

Happy Crafting!

Mary

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21 Responses to Show off Your L’eggs!

  • I never made any of the pictured monstrosities, but I DID make baby rattles when my first child was born, in 1981! You crochet around the L’egg. They were actually pretty cute. I never thought about it until right now, but you could make smaller ones with those plastic Easter eggs.

  • i am writing a fan fiction of the club dumas where it’s this book the protagonist is searching europe for and it’s reconstruction of the “l’eggs around the house” page that summons satan

  • L’eggs were around well into the 1980s. I remember getting some as a kid simply because of that plastic egg, which we would then use as Easter eggs.

  • I do recall that “L’Eggs” survived the 1970s into at least the 1980s. Anyway, according to this article from the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/10/business/l-eggs-makes-big-switch-from-plastic-to-cardboard.html), they moved to cardboard eggs in 1991. Not clear how well that worked out.

  • I remember they would come out with pastel-colored eggs at Easter and metallic ones for Christmas.

    • Yes, I remember that. I have a metallic one someplace that is still holding game pieces for a game where the cardboard box dissolved.

  • I don’t care about the eggs, I *WANT* that phone on page 12.

    • I HAVE that phone, only in white. It’s not fully functional anymore, alas. But I could be persuaded to part with it — ??

      • How is it “not fully functional”?

        • Well, on its own I think it might be fine. But it doesn’t understand the rest of the system — for example, if I pick it up while someone is recording, it won’t stop the recording the way the other handsets do. But if I get to it before the recording starts, I can talk to the caller.

  • L’eggs are still available (saw them on Amazon). Just not in the “egg”. I guess i will have to do without place name holders for Christmas dinner – life is hard.

  • I remember seeing L’Eggs back in the 80’s as a kid. Now it’s been years since I’ve even worn pantyhose, being that it is an horrific instrument of woman-targeted torture that itches and burns and gets holes ripped in it if you so much as breathe too deeply.

  • This brings back memories –
    It was a 6th grade class trip, 1973/1974 or so, we went to NYC to see two exhibits. One was at IBM, the other was at the company that made L’Eggs. It was pretty fascinating to see the machinery that took spools of nylon fiber and then create the pantyhose and stuff them into the plastic eggs. I distinctly remember our teacher and several of the chaperone moms getting very excited about being able to buy L’Eggs at a discount while we were there. I remember them purchasing bags of the things (or would they be B’Aggs??).

    The IBM exhibit was what got me completely hooked on computers, and what eventually pushed me into a 30+ year career in software development. At the end of the IBM tour we were each given an IBM Computer House of Cards – http://shop.eamesoffice.com/vintage-computer-house-of-cards-290.html – I still have mine.

  • My Mom has a L’eggs egg angel that I made in the early 80s on her Christmas tree right now.

  • The eggs were good for putting small Christmas gifts into, especially if it was an odd-shaped object that would be difficult to wrap.
    Now women don’t bother much with pantyhose at all. It’s tights, leggings, or bare legs.

  • Note, if you think you can get use out of this book by using plastic easter eggs, many of the projects won’t work if the eggs are food-grade plastic. In addition to being safe for unwrapped jellybeans and the like, the stuff sheds glue.

  • I remember L’eggs growing up, but they were done by the time I had kids (1996 on). It’s really a shame because the only thing small enough to put in Easter eggs is candy and I wanted to go easy on the sugar.

  • My sister and I used to put them down our shirts. There’s a photo somewhere of the two of us (maybe 8 and 10 years old) giggling and showing off our enhanced bustlines.

  • noticed the author’s name right away from Law & Order: Criminal Intent – haha.