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?
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homepageMUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
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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. 3 & 4

Main page - folder, pp. 1 & 2 - buckle & enlargements of text & illustration

The appeal for sales personnel at the bottom of the page makes me laugh. "Good, lively lady agent,""We also want one wide-awake, hustling General Agent," and "thrown up positions paying $150 to $200 per month to take our offers, and they are glad they did it," are vigorous expressions we read from advertising material in every age - at least in America. Imagine "hustling" menstrual belts door to door! But its liveliness compares with Dr. Grace Thompson's letter to patients; Dr. Thompson was an early female physician in San Francisco who developed a mail-order business for - well, we don't know what it was!

Read the main discussion.
The donor generously donated many other items to MUM, some already on this site.

Above: Second inside page (p.3). The illustration is bigger here.

Above: Back page (p.4). Read the fascinating text right below.


Above: This isn't the only menstrual article to be sold door to door or in people's houses. The Daintette menstrual cup reached its customers through groups meeting in customers' or salespersons' residences.

NEXT: buckle & enlargements of text & illustration - Main page - folder, pp. 1 & 2

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