See more underpants on this site.
Open-crotch drawers (underpants), 1890s (U.S.A., from MUM collection)
Open- and closed-crotch drawers (underpants), 1922 (ads from the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog, U.S.A.)
See ads for menarche-education booklets: Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (Kotex, 1933), Tampax tampons (1970, with Susan Dey), Personal Products (1955, with Carol Lynley), and German o.b. tampons (lower ad, 1970s)
See also the booklets How shall I tell my daughter? (Modess, various dates), Growing up and liking it (Modess, various dates), and Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (Kotex, 1928).
And read Lynn Peril's series about these and similar booklets!
See more Kotex items: First ad (1921) - ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Lee Miller ads (first real person in amenstrual hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal method - box from about 1969 - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Monatshöschen (Sanitary panties, underpants with holders for a menstrual pad, early 1990s, Germany)

European cultures, such as Germany and America, seem to have sold tight-fitting underpants (apparently a recent reinvention) to hold a menstrual pad in place for much of the 20th century. The Sears, Roebuck catalog sold one as early as 1922 for night wear (and see many from the 1946-47 catalog, together with pad belts). But so have the Japanese.

Self-adhesive pads chased most of them out of the market in the early 1970s. See a similar American brief from 1972.

By the way, Monatshöschen means something like monthly underpants, meaning, of course, not that they are worn for a month, but that they are used for that monthly business, menstruation. The German Hose means pants. Adding the diminutive -chen (as in Mädchen, the base word being Mädel, girl) makes them little pants.
See more underpants on this site.

Below: I bought the plastic package in a Drogerie (roughly an American drugstore without the selling of prescription drugs; that part is an Apotheka in Germany) in Heidelberg in the early 1990s. Slip means underpants, either for men or women, but Monatshöschen right below the word specifies it for women. Comfort is a borrowing from English. Translation below the picture.
The dark background outside the pink is an artifact of the scanning and should be white to gray.
My translation, at left, top to bottom:
This sanitary panty offers:
perfect security, 100 percent protection of the clothing with a flexible special layer [in the crotch], form retention and close fitting, good for the skin, can be boiled, and can be washed in any washing machine. Ideal also for tampon wearers, athletes, as well as for using panty pads.
The underpants with the soft protection layer covered with fabric.
Size 36-38 [German size, of course]
Comfort sanitary underpants
100 percent cotton
This has proved itself millions of times for 25 years
For security and comfort of women, also in the critical days [critical days is a common way of saying menstruation in German commerce and has a two-edged feel to it, Germans also using critical in a negative way as English speakers do]
[the price sticker] 6.99 German Marks, [Drogerie] Müller
Picture below: The other side of the package.

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