See some Kotex first-campaign ads: general discussion and ad prototype - January 1921 - May 1921 - November 1921
See the Kotex stick tampon.
See more Kotex items: First ad (1921) - ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal method - box from about 1969 - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls) - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main 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.

Newspaper ads for Kotex (and other) menstrual pads, 1920s (U.S.A.)
Order your embarrassing menstrual supplies by phone

Women sometimes hesitated to buy menstrual supplies because other people would see them. But the idea of putting boxes on a counter to avoid having to speak to the clerk could frighten customers, even when she could drop money into a coin box. The Sears catalog helped by allowing women to order by mail (this Wix tampon ad mentions embarrassment). The 1927 Gilbreth report to Johnson & Johnson lets college girls tell their stories.

Local stores sometimes allowed customers to call in orders, as the ads below testify.

I again thank the industrious and generous genealogy researcher for these ads!


Above: From The Washington Post, June 30, 1923. See sanitary belts, Curads pads, a sanitary apron, ad for Hickory sanitary belt, a box and pad from the 1930s and a sanitary step-in. "Sanitary" in this context almost always means "menstrual."
"Shop Unique," means I guess a unique shop but in a suspiciously French word order, probably to dignify it.
Right: Lincoln [Nebraska] Star, March 27, 1927; the store advertised is Rudge & Guenzel.
Below: As a bonus, not connected with phone orders, this ad from Sheboygan [Wisconsin] Press, June 21, 1921. Early Kotex ads often used this picture of the World War I nurse writing home about what great menstrual pads Kimberly-Clark bandages make. Other nurse poses appear in the earliest Kotex ads. Kotex did spread quickly; see these disposal instructions in Spanish.

See some Kotex first-campaign ads: general discussion and ad prototype - January 1921 -
May 1921 - November 1921 - See more small newspaper ads for Kotex

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