See also the first Kotex ad (1921) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday, (Kotex booklet, 1928), which has many Kotex links - the booklet Preparing for Womanhood (by Kotex, ca. 1928)- "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - and more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
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:
homepageMUM 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., March 1922

Four interesting points in the text characterize this beautiful - just one man's opinion - ad.
1. Because they were cheap - at least to the fancy lady and her ilk in the illustration - women could throw them away, unlike the washable pads most women used in 1922 and before. The early Kotex was (were? The text also uses Kotex in the plural.) expensive, about five cents a pad - today, that's maybe 40 cents. See how Kotex tells you to toss them away.
2. Women were probably embarrassed to talk with others about buying menstrual pads. Kotex also instructed dealers to put boxes on the counter and to allow women to put money in a box next to it. Imagine doing that today! Women still are embarrassed about menstruation - surprise!
3. Nothing on the box gave away what was inside - well, um, the word Kotex eventually did, and it became synonymous with menstrual pads even through today. And when the clerk wrapped the box, something common until recently, the shape of the box, believe it or not, suggested to passersby what the unfortunate lady was carrying. Dr. Lillian Gilbreth wrote about this in 1927. Gee, I wonder what's in that box on the table.
4. And, finally, the main point, the illustration: you didn't have to wash the dang things! Another early Kotex ad features this. But some women choose to use washable pads today. See some from the first decade of the 20th century and an Italian pad from around 1890.

The ad also discusses the Kotex vending machine, still anchored in many women's public toilets.

I enlarged the text, below the top picture.

See the illustration enlarged.

See a dispenser Kotex pad from the 1930s.

See the illustration, enlarged.

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

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