Vintage Friday: Menstruation Necessities from the 1930s
Posted by Rosepixie on December 18, 2009
This is a set of ads from a catalog from 1934 for sanitary pads and belts used by women when they were menstruating.
I thought that this was particularly interesting because you can see exactly how the belts worked. I’ve heard many discussions wondering what women did while they were having their periods before they had panties to stick pads to and before other options (like tampons and diva cups) were invented, so I thought that this was worth posting. So the next question, after we know how pads worked, is: what happened if they leaked? Well, I have an answer to that one too!
These are two different styles of rayon and rubber “bloomers” designed to prevent any leaks from getting on your clothes and embarrassing you! I think this was a great solution, especially since washing clothes was sometimes much harder back then. I also thought it was pretty funny how loosely fit the bloomers are, though. It makes a lot of sense that they would design them this way to appeal to women of the time, but I doubt many modern women would be comfortable wearing panties that fit that way!
So there is the answer to what women did about their periods before modern technology (at least, what they did in 1934 America, I’m sure different solutions existed in different places and different times).