The individual stockings were packed in pairs, but they also were packaged in standard blue Ballito boxes.
Beatles nylon stockings may be rare, but there were many variations in packaging, stocking design, and even makers.
Ballito Mills alone had multiple varies in packaging and stocking design; this pair features Fab Four and a 45 RPM record on the packaging and the nylon stockings themselves have the Fab Four on the welt.
The faces are printed in blue, pink and white above each band member’s signature. The faces are repeated as a pattern woven through the legs of both stockings.
This pair of Ballito stockings dates to 1964 features not only The Beatles on the welt, but the textured mesh nylon stockings have a clearly repeated design of faces and guitars.
Other Beatles stockings were made in Holland and sold by Vroom and Dreesmann for the Dutch market. According to the seller:
Unlike the vintage UK “Carefree” and “Ballito” Beatles Nylons these do not have any decorations or Beatles imagery in the stockings themselves. There are no identifying marks on the stockings.
While the above seem clearly to be licensed products, these four 1960s packages “Kinder Mini Hose” of pantyhose for children, appear to be unlicensed.
And I wonder how many more vintage Beatles stocking styles and manufacturers were made — and still out there for collectors to find!
Ballito package with record and photo of stocking welt from 20th Century Collectibles.