Ice Fresh breath
freshener (United Kingdom, June 1987,
cigarettes (U.S.A., 1933, magazine unknown)
Old Dutch Cleanser
(U.S.A., 1933, magazine unknown)
Nicole Hollander), about
this museum (5 August 1995)
(Common to women), about menstrual
sychronization, Germany, Brigitte magazine,
Netherlands, 31 October 2005,
by Hanco Kolk and Peter de Wit
birth control & STD (sexually transmitted
through the mail: Four
1933 American ads for
(illegal) birth control
A short history
of contraception and religion - Egyptian
about 1550 B.C.E. describing a
tampon used for contraception -
Australian douche ads (about 1900)in the "Wife's Guide and Friend": The Australian
government prosecuted this publication for
being obscene because it advertised
contraceptives and contained birth control
Fresca douche powder
(early 20th century, U.S.A.); the label
contains language possibly hinting at
contraceptive use -
Selections from the first American edition
of Married Love
(first published 1918), Dr. Marie Stopes'
book that was long banned in America. Dr.
Stopes founded the first birth-control
clinic in the British Empire, in 1921, and
it's still running.
See also early
contraceptive sponges disguised for other uses.
Ad for Ergoapiol, treatment for painful or
missing menstrual periods or other
irregularities of the menstrual cycle - or
for abortion, 1904.
Patent medicine at this museum.
(U.S.A.) birth-control pill package &
directions (1964) with booklet Planning Your Family
(also 1964) addressed to married women, not
(U.S.A., 1930-40s?) Either a contraceptive
or treatment for STDs (sexually transmitted
diseases), or both. Ointment with a bag to
of Conception: An Illustrated Manual
Medical Aspects of Human Fertility Series
Issued by the
National Committee on Maternal Health, Inc.
(which Dr. Dickinson helped found)
Book by Robert Latou Dickinson, M.D. &
Louise Stevens Bryant, 1931/32, U.S.A.
bags for menstrual pads
||Bags from around the world
("Verschijnt maandeliks"), newspaper
article about & one-page announcement of
Dutch exhibit, 1982, with English
Longer tour of the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health in Harry Finley's suburban Washington, D.C. house, 1994-98. Photos, some people who visited, the lead-in to plans for the museum's future
Different, shorter tour of Museum of
Menstruation in Harry Finley's
house (that's me), 1994-1998, in a suburb of
Washington, D.C. Photos, why I closed it, etc.
about menstruation & the company history
of the Scandinavian tampon and menstrual pad
company SCA Mølnlycke, 1994
menstruation, 1988, Germany
||One-sheet announcement in
German with English translation. Possibly a
commercial undertaking (for a dance teacher)
||PMS Crunch snack
||Lydia Pinkham's Private
Text-Book Upon Ailments Peculiar to
The American Girl
(the Girl Scout magazine) joke page (June
1936) showing ethnic
jokes about Swedes, Irishmen and blacks
Results of and warning about: The Science of a New
Life, by John Cowan, M. D., 1875
(U.S.A) - Plain Facts
for Old and Young: Embracing the Natural
History and Hygiene of Organic Life,
by J. H. Kellogg, M. D., 1892 (U.S.A.) - Dr.
R. V. Pierce's "Spermatorrhea"
section of The
People's Common Sense Medical Adviser
(63rd edition, 1895, U.S.A.) - also in The Sexual System and
Its Derangements, by Dr. E. C. Abbey,
1882 (U.S.A.) - Sexology,
by Prof. William H. Walling, A.M., M.D.
(1912, Puritan Publishing Company,
Philadelphia) - Gynecology,
by Howard A. Kelly, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Rachel Maines wrote a book about doctors'
masturbating their patients, male and
female, as a treatment, in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries, and the long
history of midwives masturbating their
patients, etc.: The Technology of Orgasm:
"Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's
Sexual Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins
Press, 1999, U.S.A.)
Was famous patent medicine doctor Dr. Pierce, an
opponent of masturbation (common in America
& elsewhere), a hypocrite
about the subject?
||Age in different
alleged poison associated with menstruation
A short history
bath after menstruation for Orthodox Jews
18th century engraving
Friedberg, Germany, plan (1902)
||An apt 19th and early 20th
century description of
the effect of hormones on a woman's body
during the menstrual cycle.
||from "Magic and
Medicine in Menstruation," 1934, booklet
from Schering Corp.
||Rochester (New York,
articles from 1975-76 aggressively investigating the
just-introduced Rely tampon, which
was later (1979-80) associated with toxic
shock syndrome (TSS)
Improved Rectal Dilators for the Auxiliary
Treatment of Piles and Constipation
Married Love, by
Dr. Marie Stopes (1931, first American
edition, Putnam's Sons, New York)
Sex Facts for Women,
by Richard J. Lambert, Ph.G. [sic?], M.D.
(1936, Padell Book Company, New York, New
daughter when she first menstruates, in
(La Tradición [Judía] de Abofetear a Nuestras
The Tradition of
Slapping Our Daughters, by Caren
Appel-Slingbaum (Leer la versión en español traducido por María
for you about slapping, by Lana Thompson
|The Society for
Menstrual Cycle Research conference (1997)
||See some stars of menstruation!!
hold pads (here are belts)
century U.S.A.: three patents and ad for
Mrs. Smith's Universal Bandage Suspender
|Tampon case carrier
|Wax teaching corpse
||probably 18th century Italian
(not in this museum)
|What did women do
about menstruation in the past?
century Europe and America (and maybe