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Twelve 'Tabloid' sanitary towels, London, England, 1910-1940

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Disposable sanitary towels were introduced during the 1890s as an alternative to washable ones. Sanitary towels are used by women during their periods. These compressed examples, designed to save on space, were made by Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.

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Glossary: period

Common term for vaginal bleeding, which happens once a month as part of a female's menstrual cycle. Periods usually last from one to five days and begin when a girl reaches puberty.

Glossary: sanitary towel

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