“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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1 Elspeth January 14, 2007 at 12:49 am

What about this place? It’s been around for years :



2 Miss Dot January 14, 2007 at 11:36 am

oh I remember “the Talk” at school. It was 1980 and the oldest female teacher on staff got together the Year 8 girls (12/13years old) to give them “the Talk” she produced this belt thing and none of us had any idea what she was talking about! most of the girls were using tampons (or disposible adhesive pads at the very least) and were dumbstruck by this old fashioned thing. I wonder what the teacher made of our shocked expressions? :-)


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