Tour the former Museum of Menstruation in my house.
See special panties for menstruation.
Washable pads
See nineteenth-century Norwegian washable pads - See contemporary washable pads - Women sometimes wore washable pads with a sanitary apron
Belt topics
See how women wore a belt (and in a Swedish ad). See a modern belt for a washable pad and a page from the 1946-47 Sears catalog showing a great variety - ad for Hickory belts, 1920s? - Modess belts in Personal Digest (1966)
What did European women use in the past for menstruation?
See a Modess True or False? ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many dates).
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepageMUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Norwegian exhibit about menstruation & the company history of the Scandinavian tampon and menstrual pad company SCA Mølnlycke

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the SCA (formerly SABA) Mølnlycke company in Scandinavia, which sells Libresse menstrual pads and o.b. tampons in Scandinavia, the company in the mid-1990s held a wonderful exhibit about menstruation in the city museum of Vestfold, Norway. (See more about the company.)

A work by Renoir graces the cover of the four-page brochure visitors take away (above), which bears the title Kvinnens Hemmelighet - fra papyrusruller til moderne bindteknologi (Women's Secret: From Papyrus Scrolls to Modern Pad Technology). It's occurred to me that the lithograph The Scream, by Norway's own artist Edvard Munch, might be the more appropriate cover painting for many Americans.

I learned of the exhibit when a reader of the Norwegian travel magazine Vagabond sent me his copy of the booklet. Vagabond had run an article about this museum, MUM.

Merethe Slensvik, of the SCA company, kindly supplied all the material shown in my "exhibit," except for the brochure above. See the SCA Web site.
Later, the company profiled me and American astronaut Sally Ride in its magazine. Talk about flattering!

Next page of the exhibit.

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