Read another ad for Venus menstrual pads and underpants, in the June 1936 The American Girl. 
Here are roughly contemporary Society pads.
See how women wore a belt (and in a Swedish ad). See a modern belt for a washable pad and a page from the 1946-47 Sears catalog showing a great variety.
Booklets, pads, tampons
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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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) | bemnet.pair.comasbestos | 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.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Ad for Venus menstrual pads
August, 1931, in
Independent Woman magazine, U.S.A.

Doesn't it seem odd that the Great Depression of the 1930s produced ads showing wealthy ladies? Even if the woman below is at best turning something over in her mind, at worst, well, depressed like the era. But then poor women probably didn't buy magazines.

Judith Thermon writes,

Upper-class life carried on during the Depression with an insouciant disregard for the general misery. [Style maven Diana] Vreeland and her husband, a banker, who were living abroad, kept a liveried chauffeur for their Bugatti. By the end of the decade, [brilliant designer Charles] James was juggling fully staffed couture ateliers in London and in Paris, where he stayed at the venerable Hôtel Lancaster.

(from The New Yorker, "Dressing Up," 5 May 2014)

So not everyone was hard up for money as the ad below demonstrates. It's possible that women down on their luck went back to using washable pads just like the women who couldn't fall any further.

NEWS FLASH! Commercial washable pads are available again today! I just wanted to get your attention since many of you know this already. So of course are cups and sponges. Or use nothing at all while suppressing menstruation with hormones.

See the Venus compressed pad for travelers.

Below: The artist's signature in the upper left corner of the painting - a watercolor? - looks like "Phillips" to me. It's possibly Walter J. Phillips, a Canadian watercolorist active at this time. Sample his beautiful watercolors of the Canadian Rockies. Or Samuel George Phillips, an American painter of portraits and landscapes of the era, whose style is more like our Venus portrait. Or somebody else.
Below: The black-and-white ad measures
about 5 1/4 x 8 1/2" (13.3 x 21.6 cm) and lies
in the lower left of an 8 1/2 x 11 3/4"
(21.6 x 29.8 cm) page.

The no-frills ad contrasts with the fussier "Venus"
on the box. Art Deco vs. early 20th century.

The bottom line starts with "patronize,"
which I chopped.

Read another ad for Venus menstrual pads and underpants, in the June 1936 The American Girl. 
Here are roughly contemporary Society pads.
Booklets, pads, tampons

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