The Perils of Vaginal Douching (essay by Luci Capo Rome) - the odor page
"Faultless Feminine Syringe," No. 240, made by the Faultless Rubber Company, Ashland, Ohio, U.S.A., perhaps from the 1960s or 1970s.
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Mon Docteur vaginal douche set (incomplete?), with (separate?) documents, American, 1928-29?
Booklet: "Why Haven't We Women Been Told This Thing Before?" pages 1/2-3/4

Mon Docteur - French for "My Doctor" (a nice medical connection with French haughtiness and naughtiness, huh?) - douche apparatus allegedly cured many ills, beautified the user and even could prevent her from dying. This was an era when a "germ"-free vagina led to better health rather than to worse health as believed today. (Read Luci Rome's essay on why women should not douche. And for the heck of it, surprise yourself with what causes menstrual odor.)

Women could also buy an early menstrual cup associated with the same company. See it as well as more literature about the beauty-douching connection (!) here and here.

And read what Leona Chalmers, who developed an early menstrual cup, writes about douching in a roughly contemporary book, The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life.

Senator Royal Copeland, mentioned below, former dean of a homeopathic medical school and not a medical doctor, was the "author of several scientific works [and] nationally known for his writings and radio broadcasts on health problems" and served in the U. S. Senate from 1923-1938, according to He was also loyal to New York's Tammany Hall political machine.
But at the start of the great flu pandemic of 1918-20, which killed millions worldwide, as head of the New York City health department, Dr. Copeland and the port authority health officer
jointly stated that there was "not the slightest danger of an epidemic" because the disease seldom attacks "a well-nourished people." (Even had he been right, a study by his own health department had just concluded that 20 percent of city school children were malnourished.) He took no action whatsoever to prevent the spread of infection.
[from "The Great Influenza. The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History" by John M. Barry (New York, 2005)]
"Spank all the flappers" is priceless, flappers being the wild young women of the 1910s and 1920s in America. I believe H. L. Mencken brought the term from England when he was editor of either The American Mercury magazine or Smart Set.

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