Dutch booklet for menarcheal girls - Early Dutch Tampax ads - Early Dutch booklet for Camelia pads - Dutch exhibit about menstruation, 1982 (article) - Dutch Nefa menstrual pad ads, 1938, 1967 - early brochure for the German Amira (1950s)
German and French menstrual ads using nudity.
The tampon page
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The Original Museum of Menstruation in Harry Finley's House Basement, 1994-1998, page 3

Next to the Kotex display a mannequin wearing a Kotex pad pinned to a belt sat near one wearing
a contemporary belt and washable pad. The contemporary bowl held used washable pads for
soaking before washing. In the middle, displays showed bold advertising from Denmark,
Germany, (see also the Netherlands and Sweden) and, well, not America, which was (and is)
more conservative than most of Europe. Even Italy (bottom of page).
Far right: the beginning of a timeline showing how menstrual products developed.

On the wall a timeline showed how menstrual products developed from ancient Egypt to the present (1994).
Continuing on the wall at right were ads that famous people appeared in, for example Olympian
Cathy Rigby. The suspended mannequin wore underpants designed to hold a pad
without a belt (more underpants).

NEXT photos. Click below on more views of the museum. See another tour of the museum.

Opening day, Sunday
31 July 1994. Harry
Finley talks to people
outside and inside the frame.

Mannequins hanging
from fishing line wear
underpants designed to
hold menstrual pads next
to a suspended 2-page ad
in the French Elle for
tampons that continued
on the reverse for another
2 pages.

The first large Kotex ad
campaign, 1921, on
a hanging display.

At left, a table holds 2
mannequins, one wearing
a Kotex belt and pad, the
other a modern washable
belt and pad. At right,
miscellaneous ads
and the beginning of a
timeline of menstrual

On the wall, a timeline
of menstrual products.

A mannequin suspended
from the ceiling wears
menstrual underpants.

A member of the lab at
Johns Hopkins that developed
the Instead menstrual cup
donated her Halloween

A re-creation of a 1914
Sears, Roebuck menstrual

Founder and designer of
the museum
Harry Finley
stands next to the menstrual
and diaper cloth
pinned to a clothes line.

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