See Marjorie May's
Twelfth Birthday (almost complete booklet,
1928, Kotex, Australia) (complete
booklet, 1935, Canada) (cover, mid-1930s,
booklet, 1938, U.S.A) Photo of Mary Pauline Collender,
author of the Marjorie May stories
Read a Personal Products booklet for older
girls, The Periodic
Cycle (1938). See similar booklets on
Health Facts on
Menstruation, by Lloyd Arnold, M.D. (complete booklet,
1933, Kotex, U.S.A.)
See a Kotex ad
advertising a Marjorie May booklet.
See many more similar booklets.
See ads for
menarche-education booklets: Marjorie May's Twelfth
Birthday (Kotex, 1932), Tampax tampons (1970,
with Susan Dey), Personal
Products (1955, with Carol Lynley), and
German o.b. tampons
(lower ad, 1981)
And read Lynn Peril's series about these
and similar booklets!
Read the full text of the 1935 Canadian edition
of Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday, probably
identical to the American edition.
More ads for teens (see also introductory page for
teenage advertising): Are
you in the know?
(Kotex napkins and Quest napkin powder,
1948, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts,
you in the know?
(Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts,
1964, U.S.A.), Freedom
Kotex (1992, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Saba (1975, Denmark)
See early tampons
and a list of tampon
on this site - at least the ones I've
Hygiene for Women
Physiology & hygiene of menstruation
booklet, 1928, complete,
This might be one of the first
booklets Kotex produced and was
contemporaneous with the Marjorie May
series for girls just starting their
It carefully shows how to cut up and
flush a pad down the toilet.
Do you carry scissors with you when
you're menstruating? I wonder how
many did then. Maybe that's a sign
of how many women still stayed at
home since Kotex often advertised to
reaches of society. It had to
since it was expensive.
See the contemporary Kotex booklet
for girls Marjorie
May's Twelfth Birthday (almost complete
booklet, 1928, Kotex,
Australia) and the complete
booklet, 1935, Canada; cover,
mid-1930s, U.S.A.; and the complete
Marjorie May booklet,
I thank again the
retired-teacher contributor of
many items and much information to
The booklet measures 3.5 x 6.25"
(8.9 x 15.7 cm).
The back is blank. The medium-weight
paper throughout is the same color
as the cover, a light blue, maybe
faded and not the famous Kotex blue.
All text and illustrations are
© 2007 Harry Finley. It is illegal to
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