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Ad for Kotex pads, October 1923
Good Housekeeping magazine
|Why not write about your origin? Like, "origin" is the foundation of Christianity.|
At its beginning Kotex often did, starting with the BANG of World War I. Nurses had used a new product for soldiers' bandages. Its maker Kimberly-Clark re-purposed the cotton substitute as a menstrual pad.
Around 10 years later the company made what might be the first commercial tampons from the material but ultimately rejected them - to its eventual dismay. Tampax then became the first widely known menstrual tampon.
Menstrual absorption material has been made of many things including sponges and moss - yes, moss. Even today.
Question: Kotex came out of The Great War from the Allies side. What came out from the German side? From Nobel Prize winner Fritz Haber: poison gas. Not comparable but interesting.
Earlier magazine ads.
|Below: The black-and-white page, except for the dark blue of the |
Kotex boxes, measures about 8 x 11 7/8" (20.3 x 30.2 cm).
Her hand and hand mirror mirror, er, imitate the common symbol for female.
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