Before there were adhesive-backed disposables, there were…. belts. Some of our older readers may even remember using these! Even younger readers have likely heard of belted sanitary napkins from the coming-of-age classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume. This is an Australian ad from 1956, announcing the launch of Kotex belts in fashion-forward WHITE.
The humor in this ad isn't in the main text, because there's not much there to laugh at. However, if you read very carefully at the end, there is the mention of use with "sanitary napkins." Is that to keep the wolves at bay when they smell blood? How many men even get close enough to a woman in that state to remark on her "not so fresh" smell? Maybe she should just use Listerine...fresh smell, no cavities!
This is a depiction of one of the first sanitary products. As Brumberg reported, "...feminine napkins were once much bulkier and that before the invention of panty hose and press-on paper tape, they were usually pinned to either suspension belts..."
I made these for my friends for Christmas. Fold one sanitary napkin over another to make these slippers and decorate. They loved them! (Found your Christmas presents for next year @Pamela Zielinski @J Kessler @Erica Szyszko @Claudia Vanyai !)
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Every now and then I come across an article or forum suggesting that preppers stock up on paper products. I personally know people who have rooms stacked full of toilet paper, paper towels, sanitary pads, and paper plates. While it’s a good idea to have maybe a couple of weeks’ worth of disposable products, filling …