Also from Personal Products: Read complete Growing Up and Liking It booklets: 1944, 1964, 1970, 1972, and see many covers 1944-1978
Complete 1963 How Shall I Tell My Daughter (for parents), also from Personal Products
Ads for teenagers
Booklets companies made, mostly for girls
Read most of a 1928 Australian edition of Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday. Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (1935) - Facts About Menstruation that every Woman should know (1936) - Marjorie May, introductory page, 1935 main page
Read Lynn Peril's series about these and similar booklets. Read the whole booklet As One Girl to Another (Kotex, 1940).
Kotex's Marjorie May, three booklets, 1935 main page
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.


Modess menarche, menstruation & puberty booklet
Essence of Womanhood, 1959, complete

Apparently aimed at all women rather than just menarcheal girls, the obsolete Modess brand of pads and tampons created this fancy but also explicit booklet to explain menstruation. The fashion-drawing-like pictures reflected the concurrent "Modess . . . . because" ad series, probably the most elegant and taciturn ads ever for American menstrual products (see a similarly elegant Modess booklet from a little later). But this booklet is not taciturn.

Its illustrations rank almost with the ground-breaking medical article "Tampons as menstrual guards" from 1945 in their detail in contrast to the earliest booklets.

(See a Kotex booklet from the same year.)

See also Personal Digest and Growing up and liking it from the same company, and Lynn Peril's article about such booklets.

See Modess belts here, a famous Modess ad campaign and how Modess sanitary napkins began. Read the complete Growing Up and Liking It booklets: 1944, 1964, 1970, 1972, and many covers 1944-1978 - ads for teenagers

Read the complete 1963 How Shall I Tell My Daughter, for mothers.

Below: Back & front covers. The paper booklet measures 5 x 7" (about 12.5 x 17.8 cm).

NEXT || front & back covers, inside front cover & p. 1, pp. 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15 16-17 18-19 20-21 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 | Read the complete Growing up and liking it booklets: 1944, 1964, 1970, 1972, and many covers 1944-1978 - ads for teenagers. List of similar booklets.

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