German open-crotch underpants
(Unterhosen) for attaching a menstrual pad (1888,
underpants from the 1912 Olympics (photo at bottom of page).
MUSEUM OF MENSTRUATION AND WOMEN'S HEALTH
German sanitary panties, pads,
o.b. tampons, "massage" rod
from the Neckermann mail order catalog,
Also, cardboard insert
for Hygimona Monatsslip (sanitary panty)
reduced page offers sanitary panties (more),
incontinence panties, menstrual pads, material for
menstrual pads, o.b.
tampons, key chains (!), massage devices
for the face (ha!) and breasts, and
incomprehensible stuff for hair.
Sanitary panties (more)
and underpants for incontinence.
pads, mini pads, o.b. tampons, and
material for menstrual pads.
O.b. started in Europe,
allegedly developed by Judith Esser.
Later, the American company Johnson &
bought it, a company having a long history in
American menstrual circles.
Below: For a
short break from the catalog look at the
cardboard insert for a package of sanitary
panties - menstrual underpants.
is German for what appears in many languages:
days during menstruation.
"Supplies pleasant blood
circulation" reads the caption for
shaped battery-powered object
right below. The Frau, about to
burst into laughter (or something
else), is thinking of her
circulation somewhere else.
how a woman researching knitting
stumbled on (the larger ones) ads
in early 20th-century magazines
that betrayed a long history of
midwives and doctors, um, pleasuring
women in need of relief, maybe
from what was called hysteria.
Actually, the word hysteria
comes from the ancient Greek for uterus
and during orgasm the uterus does
contract in spasms. This can
propel the blood and tissue out
into the vagina and the wide, wide
world - or onto the pad or
into the tampon
or menstrual cup or sponge. Or
into free fall as some
women do and did.
I wonder if the device at right
came as a twofer with the vibrator
at left for a lower price.
The text says it tones and forms
[breasts] in a natural way.
Do water breast massagers grow
panties, 1928 (page from Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Step-in underpants, Hickory,
1928 (ad from Vanity Fair magazine, U.S.A.)
Variety of underpants from the Savage
catalog, 1930, U.S.A.
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