“The rags”: menstrual paraphernalia

by rooruu on 13/01/2007

in Art+Design, Historic Craft

Preparing for womanhood booklet 1930s

Preparing for womanhood – 1930s booklet

Following the entry for DIY pads, you may be interested in reading up on the history of menstrual paraphernalia. Or not… but if you are, the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney can oblige, online, here. It includes some great stories about 19th and 20th century handcraft ingenuity and social history under headings such as “Homemade Napkins”, “Advice for Girls” and “Monthly Reassurance”.

Home made pad

Home made napkin

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