MUM – an odd museum

Kotex advert from 1921 - the first year the product was on the market

Kotex advertisement from 1921 – the first year the product was on the market

I came across the MUM museum by accident Рaka The Museum of Menstruation. Every once in a while a donation of vintage underwear will come into the FHM collection and there will be an elastic belt, or an odd looking pair of panties and it takes a couple of seconds before I remember what these garments are.

I didn’t think there was that much to say on the topic of the history of menstruation, but one man in Washington D.C. thinks there is. He comes across as odd, like his collection, but he is as passionate about his collection of advertisements and odd undergarments¬†as any collector. For more information on the topic than you thought were possible here is the museum’s website..

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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