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
Below: The belt is a bruiser: it's 7/8"
wide and thick. Just speculating -
don't sue me, Kotex! - but I wonder if it cut
off some women's circulation.
I don't see how a fat woman could wear it. Maybe there
were no fat
Canadian women then. Or maybe "Deluxe"
meant - Wink! Nudge! - skinny.
Below: The belt ready to spring into action.
See how women wore
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