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) - drawing for a proposed German belt and pad, 1894 - ads for early 20th-century Japanese belts - belts and washable pads from the 1902 and 1908 Sears, Roebuck catalogs - belt from Jordan, Marsh & Co. catalog, Boston, 1891 - German belt (from Bilz), about 1890

Suspenders to hold pads (U.S.A., 19th century)

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.

"Hoosier" Ladies' Sanitary (menstrual) Belt, probably before 1925, U.S.A.
The folder, pp. 1 & 2

Main page - folder, pp. 3 & 4 - buckle & enlargements of text & illustration

Another indication of the age of the belt is the loquacious writing in the folder, which compares well with writing from the earliest Sears catalogs.

Read the main discussion.
The folder, below, in reduced size, is a piece of paper (now yellow) folded in half making four pages. Each page measures about 8" x 6" (about 23 x 15mm). The stain that discolored the box and belt discolored the folder as well.


Back page and front page (pages 4 & 1). The open sheet measures 8" x 11.87" (about 30 x 23 mm). The enlarged page 1 lies right below; page 4 is here.
Inside pages (pp. 2 & 3). Page 2 lies below; page 3, enlarged, is here.

Above: Front page (p.1). Folding - so the paper fits the box - has distorted the type and illustrations throughout.
Above: First inside page (p.2). I enlarged the illustration here.

NEXT: folder pp. 3 & 4 - buckle & enlargements of text & illustration - Main page

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