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)
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).
Drawing of a proposed washable German belt and
(from Livius Fürst, Die Hygiene der Menstruation
und krankhaftem Zustande [The Hygiene
of Menstruation in
the Normal and Diseased State; Leipzig,
According to one
source, in the 19th century most
German women either made their
menstrual pads or used nothing at all!
Tampons, available in the U.S.A. in
the early 1930s, seem to have appeared
later in Europe (o.b. started after
World War II).
Below is a drawing of a belt and pad
proposed by a German writer and
gynecologist, Dr. Livius Fürst,
in 1894. In the small drawing to the
right of the pad I show how the flap
pulls up and buttons on the front of
the belt. He suggests using cotton as
the filler for the pad.
The parts of the menstrual pad and
A B A = the buttons
on the front
of the belt
A'B'C' = the corresponding button holes
C D C =
those on the back of the belt
K = pad with cotton
G = rubber covering of the middle
part [I don't see it either, but it
must be the dark part in the loop
below the pad, K]
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