See an ancient Peruvian bowl with the image of a menstruating vagina inside.
Snap-on style washable pad -Washable pad with belt - See how women wear a belt with a pad - see a Swedish ad showing a belt and pad - German pattern for washable pads, probably before 1900 - And see a menstrual sponge
Washable pads from Almora, Uttar Pradesh state, India and Rajasthan state, India - Nineteenth-century Norwegian washable pads - Italian washable pad, probably from the 1890s - instructions for making Japanese pads, early 20th century? - German, about 1900

Famous women in menstrual hygiene advertising:
Carol Lynley - Lee Miller - Mary Lou Retton - Cathy Rigby - Cheryl Tiegs - Brenda Vaccaro

See also advertising for teenagers.

Menstrual pad suspenders!
See how a woman wore a belt in a Dutch ad. See a classy 1920s ad for a belt and the first ad (1891) MUM has for a belt.
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.
More ads for napkin belts: Sears, 1928 - modern belts - modern washable - Modess, 1960s
Actual belts in the museum
More ads for napkin belts: Sears, 1928 - modern belts - modern washable - Modess, 1960s
Actual belts in the museum
See the Kotex stick tampon.
See also a Saba Ad, Pursettes ad, Kotex "Are you in the know?" ads (1949)(1953)(1964), Ads for Teens, and some older Kotex ads
And, of course, the first Tampax AND - special for you! - the American fax tampon, from the early 1930s, which also came in bags.
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:
homepage | MUM 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.


Ad for Camelia menstrual pad (around 1990, Germany, Girl! magazine)

The woman, below - she looks like the same teenager in a probably contemporary ad - openly carries the package of pads, something almost unheard of in early 20th-century America and a lot later

"Tampons? I find Camelia more natural!" reads the headline, top right, continuing the battles between pads and tampons that's gone on since the 1930s.

Notice that a flower names the company, part of a long tradition of flowers and menstruation and here). Even menstrual cups look like tulips.

I translate the text below.

See the ad's variation, from 1990.
See another Camelia ad, from 1926

See the great and naughty company history.

Below: The text reads (my translation):
"Tampons? I find Camelia more natural!"

Most girls try tampons. But many don't feel good using them and use pads.
Because girls feel tampons are foreign bodies and they don't feel secure/safe.

That's why they often pick Camelia. Because Camelia is used outside the body.
Everything can happen naturally. They tightly fit the body and have a natural absorbent interior.

And of course Camelia is just as safe as you'd wish. Every day!

[Bottom text under the cursive "Camelia"] Safe, of course. Camelia, of course.
[Tiny text running up the bottom left edge] Also available in Austria and Switzerland

The repetition of safe and secure and natural - Germans love saying "natürlich!," "of course" in some contexts - might awaken in customers the memory of UNnatural and dangerous materials in tampons like those that caused serious health problems earlier. The same might be true of foreign bodies sitting in the vagina, which women/girls sometimes forgot to take out.  Pads are a lot harder to forget.

And some women feared - they still do! - that tampons would plug up the vagina, stopping the flow, or even disappear somewhere up that mysterious tube.

Tampax and other companies fought these comparisons for years, which still hinder widespread use of tampons.

See this ad's variation, from 1990.
See the great and naughty company history.
See another Camelia ad, from 1926

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