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 (and ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad, towel, napkin 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 |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
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) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
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.

The former physical Museum of Menstruation

Ad for Kimlon Kotex menstrual pads
and Magic Carpet Contest (travel)

McCall's magazine, July 1959, U.S.A.

Carpet? No way!

A magic Kotex flew people around the world! Hm, a Kotex pad does look like a carpet. I think the company knew that.

Ads luring customers with stuff unrelated to the merchandise are common, even with menstrual products. Women's clothing is favorite bait, as in the French ad below the big one.

And who could resist a two-week trip to anywhere? Or (now defunct) Polaroid camera?

These ads have been around at least since my brother won a football by telling the company how many Wheaties he ate every day decades ago.

At bottom, I threw in a link to a cartoon strip that I didn't finish because of viewer hostility (imagined or not). But it makes a terrific point.
Pad, towel, napkin directory

Below: The full-page ad measures 10 1/2 x 13 1/2" (26.7 x 34.3 cm)

Below: Can clothes sell panty pads and tampons? French ad. Vania Girl, 1994.
Below: Can a museum kill a curse? A Visit to the Museum of Menstruation!" by the MUM director, Harry Finley, 2006.
Below: Can good grades sell tampons? A fake ad for a fake company by the MUM director, 1989.


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