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2002/112/4 Condoms (12) and packaging, 'Secura Fishskin', remnants of condoms in intact packaging, rubber / paper / cardboard, maker unknown, distributed by Secura Chemists, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1965-1970. Click to enlarge.

'Secura Fishskin' condoms made in Australia

Made
  • 1965-1970
Condoms have been used to guard against sexually transmitted diseases since at least the 1700s when syphilis and gonorrhoea were prevalent, so they have always been associated with disease and illicit sex. As a contraceptive they were never quite 'respectable' and after the advent of the Pill they were considered decidedly old-fashioned.

Ironically, it was a disease that brought about a recent meteoric rise in their popularity. Since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began in the 1980s, frank safer-sex …

Summary

Object No.

2002/112/4

Object Statement

Condoms (12) and packaging, 'Secura Fishskin', remnants of condoms in intact packaging, rubber / paper / cardboard, maker unknown, distributed by Secura Chemists, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1965-1970

Physical Description

Condoms (12) and packaging, 'Secura Fishskin', remnants of condoms in intact packaging, rubber / paper / cardboard, maker unknown, distributed by Secura Chemists, Australia, 1965-1970.

A box containing 12 small envelopes, each of which contains a condom or remnants of a condom. The box is made of thin white cardboard printed in purple with the brand, distributor's details and instructions for use. The envelopes are made of cream-coloured paper printed in red and blue. The text on the envelopes includes prices. The condoms within the envelopes have deteriorated to crumbs of perished rubber but are described on the packaging as 'Special latex. Extra thin Extra strong.' Condoms are penis sheaths, used for contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

Production

Made

  • 1965-1970

Notes

Actual manufacturer not known. The packaging states that the product was 'made and tested especially for and available (post free) only from Secura Chemists, 269 Elizabeth St., Melbourne'.

The prices on the packaging of these condoms are given in both dollars and shillings, indicating that they are likely to have been manufactured in the vicinity of 1966 when Australia changed to decimal currency. The catalogue from the auction where this item was purchased erroneously lists it as 1950.

History

Notes

Purchased at an auction of mainly women's toiletries, accessories and ephemera in the Melbourne suburb of Bulleen on 28 July 2002. The material in this auction came from the collection of one Clement Graham, a private collector of ephemera.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2002

Acquisition Date

13 September 2002

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Secura Fishskin' condoms made in Australia 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2022, <https://ma.as/11092>

Wikipedia

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