Formont menstrual napkin belt and "protector,"
This menstrual belt and pad holder -
"protector" - occupies one link in the
long chain of devices to hold pads in
place, all of which promise to be -
finally! - the perfect solution. A
better solution was the tampon or
maybe the menstrual
cup, both available since the
1930s, and to a lesser extent the pad that adhered
to the crotch of panties, which
appeared about 20 years after this
belt. Or the menstrual
pill; but that probably has its
own problems at least for some women.
The word "dainty," so common on
packaging and instructions for
menstrual products, appears more than
once in the text, below. Just try
being dainty when you have a soggy pad
shifting between your legs. How did
the lady - in white, no less - play
tennis in the drawing below? Badly?
In discussing the features the text,
below, suggests dividing the pad in
half. Manipulating the pad was common,
at least in the 1920s (and apparently
later), according to Dr. Lillian
Gilbreth in her 1927 report
to Johnson & Johnson.
See a German
belt with washable pads from
about a decade before.
Harry Finley created the images.
See how women wore
a belt with a pad - Swedish ad showing pad with belt -
The package measures 4" x
6.25" (10 x 15.6 cm).
Enlargement of a
sticker on the front
Enlargement of the
drawings running down
the side of the back.
Let's see how many of
these things are gone:
typewriter (my buddy
Larry must use the
last one - actually
around 10), nurses'
caps (a shame!), and
those white tennis
shorts (they're at
least rare). I
playing tennis with
the back of the
package with a tag
reading 3 98, likely
$3.98, which seems
very expensive. But
this is silk and looks
well made (see the
belt and hold-, er,
The price tag covers up the
Enlargement of the text on the
back of the package, actually
a cardboard insert under the
belts sold in the U.S.A. in 1928 - Washable pad with belt
- See the roughly contemporary Cashay and
Dale tampons, and very
early Tampax and fax.
Copyright 2006 Harry Finley