See the first Kotex ad (scroll down the page a bit).
See the Kotex Quest menstrual pad deodorant.
But read what really causes menstrual odor - you won't like it.
See also Australian douche ad (ca. 1900) - Fresca douche powder (U.S.A.) (date ?) - Kotique douche liquid ad, 1974 (U.S.A.) - Liasan (1) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Liasan (2) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Lysol douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Lysol douche liquid ad, 1948 (U.S.A.) - Marvel douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Midol menstrual pain pill ad, 1938 (U.S.A.) - Midol booklet (selections), 1959 (U.S.A.) - Mum deodorant cream ad, 1926 (U.S.A.) - Myzone menstrual pain pills ad, 1952 (Australia) - Pristeen genital spray ad, 1969 (U.S.A.) - Spalt pain tablets, 1936 (Germany) - Vionell genital spray ad, 1970, with Cheryl Tiegs (Germany) - Zonite douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.)
The Perils of Vaginal Douching (essay by Luci Capo Rome) - the odor page
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the 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 | FAQ | 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, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | 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
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Kotex menstrual pad ad, U.S.A., April 29, 1920
Syracuse Herald newspaper
Other early newspaper ads

Notions are small useful items, often in a drugstore or women's department of a department store. The term hardly ever if at all applies to men. Do stores in America still use the word?

Well, they did in 1920, which is where women found Kotex. And they found it at the very bottom of this ad, which might be one of the first for this pad.

Right above the Kotex ad are ads for sanitary aprons and belts to hold pads.

The price is less than it would be in 1921 or 1922 or 1923. It's possible that with increasing demand the company raised its price.

See the first Kotex magazine ad (scroll down the page a bit).

Below (BOTTOM of right-hand column): From the Syracuse (New York) Herald, April 29, 1920. I thank the industrious retired teacher and genealogist for sending this scan and many others!
Below: From the Olean (New York) Evening Times, Nov. 14, 1921. Read some early articles about Cellucotton. You can buy birdseye cloth today. Ben Truwe kindly sent this copy as he has so many other items. Many thanks!
Below: From the Manitoba (Canada) Free Press, Nov. 12, 1929, (p. 4). Early on, Kotex expanded to other countries. See a booklet for girls from Canada and instructions in Spanish about disposing of Kotex. Ben Truwe kindly sent this copy.
Below: From the Medford [Oregon] Mail Tribune, Aug. 27, 1926, p. 4.
Ben Truwe kindly sent this copy.

More Kotex: Ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday

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