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
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
The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
visitor from the Philippines, a chemist now
living in Los Angeles, scolded your MUM
director for having incorrectly fastened the
Kotex menstrual napkin to the belt, at right
- hey, I'm just a guy!
thoughtfully took a minute to retie it on
the mannequin (not shown; this is an older
photo), saying, with an edge to her voice,
we can't let it fall off. She was old enough
to have worn belts and pads for years.
Younger visitors often see what
a menstrual belt looks like for the first
time; many have just vaguely heard of them.
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Women have worn
variations of menstrual pads and belts
probably for centuries. In America
the Kotex sanitary napkin belt with pad (near
left) was common from 1921 (when the
brand was started; see its first ad) to
the 1970s (see a Swedish
ad from this time), when self-adhesive
pads for menstruation came on the market.
(See many old menstrual belts.)
But women can still buy menstrual
pads and belts from smaller manufacturers,
as the far left mannequin shows. This is a washable
menstrual pad from a Canadian
manufacturer; inserts add thickness for
added protection to the sanitary napkin.