American Meds tampon and ad, 1967 - American
Meds ad, 1941
And read Lynn Peril's series about these
and similar booklets!
See more Kotex items: First ad
(1921) - ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog)
- Lee Miller ads (first real person in amenstrual
hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday
(booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here
to Kotex items) - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s,
booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing
disposal method - box
from about 1969 - "Are you in the know?"
ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) -
See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
Very early American menstrual cup patent, 1867
A man from Chicago designed this menstrual cup attached to the end of
wire - could only a man have designed it? -
which was in turn attached to a belt around the woman's waist. It's not
certain it was ever manufactured, but there were similar
devices to hold the uterus in place in the last century, like here, but attached to a belt.
See the history of the modern menstrual cup
This cutaway at left shows how the sack would look when worn.
(Drawing by Harry Finley)
The fabulous Max Brödel made the beautiful
drawing below (it's in Kelly's Gynecology,
1928 edition), showing a wound (note the Pus Cav., pus
cavity) caused by a pessary, a device
to hold the uterus in place. In some ways it's similar to the catamenial
See the history of the modern menstrual cup.
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