Thursday, February 21, 2013

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The world's oldest CONDOM

The oldest surviving condom in the world has gone on display in an Austrian museum.The reusable condom dates back to 1640 and is completely intact, as is its original users' manual, written in Latin.

The manual suggests that users immerse the condom in warm milk prior to its use to avoid diseases.


In 16th century Italy, Gabriele Falloppio authored the first-known published description of condom use for disease prevention. He recommended soaking cloth sheaths in a chemical solution and allowing them to dry prior to use.

The oldest condoms found are from 1640, discovered in Dudley Castle in England. They were made of animal intestine, and it is believed they were used for STD prevention.

In 19th century Japan, both leather condoms and condoms made of tortoise shells or horns were available.

The rubber vulcanization process was patented by Charles Goodyear in 1844, and the first rubber condom was produced in 1855. These early rubber condoms were 1-2mm thick and had seams down the sides. Although they were reusable, these early rubber condoms were also expensive.


  1. what was it made of?


  2. I want to know more and what was it made of why aren't condom made like that today ?

  3. Made out cat intestine,