Belts and pads from the 1902 and 1908 Sears,
Roebuck catalogs (U.S.A.)
Early 20th-century Japanese ads from publications
- open-crotch drawers, 1890s (U.S.A., from MUM
collection) - Modess "Sanitary Shield"
(two-band pad holder in crotch; 1970s; U.S.A.) - SheShells
bikini (snap open at sides; no special crotch; possibly for menstrual pads
or tampons, 1970s, U.S.A.)
Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made
for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine
- a list of books and articles about menstruation
Kotex Deluxe menstrual pad belt
Actual belts, underpants,
sanitary napkin, tampon,
American commercial belts have held non-adhesive pads in place at least
since 1891 and in Europe,
Adhesive pads made life easier for pad wearers.
This being the Canadian Kotex, the text is in French
I thank the donor!
Below: Front of box, which measures 3 1/2
x 3 3/4" (8.9 x 9.5 cm) not including the hanger strip at top.
The funny looking hole at the top allows a
to penetrate it and its fellows in a store.
Below: Back of box.
The drawing shows how science marched forward:
the earliest belts usually used pins to hold
the tab of the pad to the belt. Tampons used to brag
about how they made pins and belts necessary - no,
wait, the early tampons didn't talk, their makers bragged.
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