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Object: Silver-Tex condoms

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Title Silver-Tex condoms
Production The Killian MFG Company (manufacturer(s)), 1950s, Ohio
Materials rubber, paper
Classification condoms
Dimensions Overall: 50mm (Height) x 52mm (Width) x 6mm (Depth)
Credit line Gift of Joyce Megget, 2004
Registration number GH010168

Condoms like this example were not a popular method for New Zealand men in the first half of the 20th century. Condoms sold in New Zealand were imported from the northern hemisphere. They were prone to holes and sometimes perished during the long sea voyage through the tropics. Safety standards were introduced in the 1970s and condoms became more reliable.

Plain packaging
During this period, condoms were sold in small amounts in plain, discrete packaging at chemists' shops.

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