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, p. 4

A member of the team of the biophysics lab at Johns Hopkins that developed the Instead menstrual cup
donated her Halloween costume, above. Later, the Instead company gave this museum a dress the Instead inventor,
Audrey Contente, made with Instead cups
(here). A marathon runner, she could and did bear the
massive garment for publicity purposes.

Behind the costume at right a wall display showed current (1994-98) mainstream menstrual products, a cup holding
reddened plaster to give an idea of how much blood an average woman loses during a period, and a description
of how menstruation happens.

Finley commissioned Dr. Ann Wass to make this sanitary apron based on an article
in the 1914 Sears, Roebuck catalog. A woman would pin a washable pad onto the inside of the holder
going between her legs (at right). The long rubberized apron at rear would protect her
clothing from stains, when sitting, for example.
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Opening day, Sunday,
31 July 1994. Harry
Finley talks to people
outside and inside the frame.
The table holds current
menstrual products, including
a bowl for soaking
used modern washable pads.

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 shown.

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 the
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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