hygiene companies made for girls, women and
teachers - patent
medicine - a list
of books and articles about menstruation - videos
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
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,
you in the know?
(Kotex napkins and belts, 1949, U.S.A.)Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.),
Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts,
1964, U.S.A.), Freedom
(1990, Germany), 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 cataloged.
The Museum of Menstruation and Women's
menstrual tampon bulletins,
probably early 1950s, U.S.A., (page 1)
explaining safety, construction,
the first tampon with an applicator
(early 1930s; read a short
history), and the first really
successful tampon, had trouble getting
both the public and doctors to
accept it. Issues such as
whether virgins could use it and if
the tampon could disappear, never to
be seen again (but, um, uh, detected
odor-wise), of course concerned the
public. Among other things, Tampax
educators mann-, er, womanned? a booth
at the 1939 World's Fair. And the
company had to contend with the Catholic Church,
which objected to unmarried women,
especially girls, putting tampons and
other things into forbidden places.
Part of that
educational effort you see below and
on the following pages.
You'll read mentions of the problems
Tampax had; many of their observations
apply today. Tampax
had to fight much prejudice and
menstrual myth. The pages,
apparently 8.5" x 11", were in a note
book. I've trimmed the files to
eliminate the wide margins. The two
images below are both on the first
A Dutchman - the faithful
contributor of many items recently -
kindly sent these scans.
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