See a prototype of the first Kotex ad.
See more Kotex items: 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
Ads for the Kotex stick tampon (U.S.A., 1970s) - a Japanese stick tampon from the 1970s.
Early commercial tampons - Rely tampon - Meds tampon (Modess)
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Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

A box of Society menstrual napkins (American? 1920s-1930s?)

Were the manufacturers trying to elevate the tone of their embarrassing product by calling it Society? (See San-Nap-Pak pads for another example of this.)

Early Kotex ads always featured middle-class-and-above women, but that's who its clientele was. Maybe that was the case here.

The box bears no patent or trademark information; you see below all the writing that appears inside and out.

Is it American? The graphics look as if they come from the 1920s or 1930s, obviously from an English-speaking country.

The pad itself matches exactly the size of the first Kotex pad, which probably indicates the size necessary for the usual belt. (See some belts from today.)

See the pad.



Above: Outside end flap. Whoa! It would have been a cruel trick indeed if the pads had not been absorbent!
Left: The largest face of the box. It's possible women bought the box already wrapped to conceal what was inside. Several museum visitors, children of druggists or pharmacists, told me that they helped their fathers wrap Kotex and other pad and tampon boxes as kids to spare the customers embarrassment. Some companies shipped their boxes already wrapped in plain paper.
The box measures 9" x 7.5" x 3.38".

Right: Inside end flap. Plumbing always challenged pad and tampon makers. Early Kotex instructions also directed women to flush pads (see a Spanish language booklet), and, later, other companies made "flushable" products. 

See the pad.

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