MUSEUM OF MENSTRUATION AND WOMEN'S
"Smile - Sister,
Smile!" Kotex menstrual pad ad
U.S.A., 1940s during World War II
Year after year artist
Irving Nurick drew Kotex ads for
teenage girls starting in the
1940s. I think they're terrific.
Of course, the cartoon kids were
the core and, um, the
kids looked like me, actually.
That's a fool disclosure.
drifts through the innocence.
Many of the real boys and girls
would die far away from home,
blown to bits, dead of disease.
Others would lead women into
thank the donor!
- that yellow oxidation of the
paper - surrounds the fox, er,
blue you see in her ribbon
and dress and my guess in those
there was ever a Forties girl .
. . . See a Twenties girl.
Artist Nurick tried to make us
believe in an innocent world
in the midst of a horrifying war.
He makes us think hard when
we see non-Jewish kids in these
ads fighting a war partly fought
save Jews - and drawn by who I
believe was a Jewish artist.
Hmm, wait a second: guys with long
eyelashes wearing frilly
aprons are innocent?
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