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96/189/1 Sanitary belt, cotton/elastic/metal, manufacturer unknown, Australia, [1980]. Click to enlarge.

Sanitary belt, cotton/elastic/metal, manufacturer unknown, Australia, [1980]

Made 1980

This commercial sanitary belt and a home-made sanitary pad were donated to the Museum by a woman and her mother from amongst their personal belongings.

It has only been since the second half of the 20th century that the majority of Australian women have used disposable, commercially manufactured sanitary products during menstruation. Before that most women used home-made napkins. Commercial manufacturers of sanitary pads also manufactured the elastic belts for securing them. Early designs neede...

Summary

Object No.

96/189/1

Object Statement

Sanitary belt, cotton/elastic/metal, manufacturer unknown, Australia, [1980]

Physical Description

Sanitary belt, cotton/elastic/metal, manufacturer unknown, Australia, [1980].

Sanitary belt made of white cotton-covered elastic, with adjustable waist size. Cotton tabs front and back have metal clips by which to attach a sanitary pad (menstrual napkin).

Dimensions

Width

70 mm

Production

Notes

Manufacturer unknown, however this belt would have been made by one of the major manufacturers of sanitary pads.

Mrs Smith believes the belt dates from the birth of her son in 1980.

Made

1980

History

Notes

This sanitary belt was owned and used by Mrs Anne Smith, who believes it dates from the birth of her son in 1980. It was probably amongst the bag of necessities she took with her to the maternity hospital.

Used

circa 1980

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Ellen Anastasia Stephenson and Mrs Anne Patricia Smith

Acquisition Date

14 May 1996

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sanitary belt, cotton/elastic/metal, manufacturer unknown, Australia, [1980] 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 March 2019, <https://ma.as/150202>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/150202 |title=Sanitary belt, cotton/elastic/metal, manufacturer unknown, Australia, [1980] |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=25 March 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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