Many more American menstrual pad belts
Old Japanese menstrual pad belts ads (panties)
See how a woman wore a belt in a Dutch ad and
in a Swedish ad.
Kotex "featherweight" menstrual pad belt
in a tube.
19th-century Norwegian washable pads
19th-century Italian pad
How Japanese made washable pads
Modern bowl for soaking used washable pads
Disposal bags for used pads from everywhere!
"Our grandmother's name was on thousands of women's lips."
Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made
for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine
- a list of books and articles about menstruation
Wonderform menstrual napkin belt with pins,
Kotex, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
sanitary napkin, tampon,
pad, belts, menstruation,
women's health, ads for teenagers, menstrual period,
I thank the generous donor, who has contributed many items since
the start of MUM, in 1994!
Below: The belt emerges wrapped around
gold reflective cardboard. It came out
incompletely wrapped that together with the damaged box probably means that
the belt has been out before, maybe even worn.
Below: The white pieces of material probably
kept the narrow strap from irritating the woman's skin.
The belt is pink.
Many women seemed to hate pins (which held the
pad to the belt) as ads from Tampax tampons
attest. They ripped the tabs on the pads and
it's imaginable that one of the ends
went loose when being worn, discomfiting at best, a social disaster at worst.
Moving thighs squeezed and rubbed
the thick pads, tugging the pad away from the pins.
No wonder a Kotex ad woman said,
"Why was I born a Woman?" And they
were like diapers. She should have used
a Kotex tampon.
See how a woman wore a belt in a Dutch ad
and in a Swedish ad.
The belt is 3/8" (1 cm) wide.
Below: Two views of the formidable metal buckles.
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