Condoms is not the new invention, though in the past their usage was restricted to the high-end users (due to the high cost of production).
Here are few photos showing the ads of condoms in the pre-revolutionary Russia.
Curious detail – the brand of these Parisian condoms is called “Swastika“.
Intestinal condoms for males
The intestinal, or cecal, condoms – called by ignorant sellers “the condoms from fish bladder” – are made from the intestinal appendix of young lambs or calves and have nothing to do with fishes.
First, they were manufactured in Paris, which until now remains the main supplier for most countries. Our factory in Paris produces only the condoms of the highest quality under the brand “Swastika”.
The intestinal condoms are used for the same purpose as the rubber ones. According to professor Aug. Forel (Prof. Aug. Forel “Sexual Question”, 2nd edition, Saint Petersburg), in the modern marriage they serve “as the most simple and most convenient means of protection against the unwanted consequences“.
Though good intestinal condoms are more expensive than the rubber ones (due to the cost of production), experts give them the preference since they do not dull the sensations.
Price list of the rubber items for the hygiene of men and women of the Parisian company of Gustave Godefroid, Saint Petersburg – Paris.
Address for letters: Saint Petersburg, Nevsky, 14.
The real Parisian and American rubber contraceptives for men without seams of the finest manufacture.
Price list for a dozen (in rubles):
White – 0.8
Red – 0.8
“Extra” with reservoirs – 1.2
“Prima-Prima”, “Derba-Craeck” – 2.5
“Mikado” – 2.5
“Mikado” with reservoirs – 3.0
American “Nev rip” – 2.5
“Non plus ultra” (silk) – 2.5
“Ksaf” with spurs – 5.0
Also of the best quality – 6.0
The Parisian and American items are produced from the fine and very thin rubber, due to which they do not rupture or explode.
The Parisian and American contraceptives from the fish bladder for men.
“Second” – 2.5
“Perfect” – 4.0
“Rival” – 5.0
“Ef-Ef” – 7.0
The contraceptives from the fish bladders are made from the selected bladders of salmon and other noble fishes.
[ Translated from http://aquatek-filips.livejournal.com/465636.html ]
Comments of Russian netizens
triatlonist: Good quote. From feminist.
“When the modern women discovered orgasm, it became the second mortal blow to the masculine hegemony after the contraception”
Умная цитата. От феминистки. ‘Когда современные женщины открыли оргазм, это стало вторым после контрацепции смертельным ударом по мужской гегемонии.’ Эва Файджс.
stringr: By the way, today one can buy the “gums” made from the natural lamb intestines. They are expensive, advertised as cool and natural contraceptives. Appeared after the allergy to latex. :) Кстати, сейчас можно купить резинки сделанные из овечьих кишок. Стоят они дорого, позиционируются как крутые и натуральные презервативы. А появились сразу после появления аллергии на латекс. :)
gtoha: I read that the condoms made from lamb intestines don’t help against diseases, but against the unwanted pregnancy – they will do.Читал, что из овечьих кишок презервативы не предохраняют от болезней, а вот от нежелательной беременности-вполне пойдут.