Actual belts in the museum
See a prototype of the first Kotex ad.
See more Kotex items: Ad 1928 (Sears
and Roebuck catalog) - Marjorie May's Twelfth
Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many
links here to Kotex items) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal
method - box from about 1969 - Preparing
for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls) - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See
more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
Sanitary panties and menstrual pad belts (1946-47, U.S.A.)
This page from the American Sears, Roebuck Fall-Winter catalog of 1946-47
shows the variety of "sanitary" (menstrual) panties and belts
to hold menstrual pads available to women; different styles appeared later.
Almost all of these disappeared in the early 1970s, when self-adhesive sanitary
napkins appeared (see New Freedom and Stayfree), much to the relief of most women.
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