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
Pages from Sears, Roebuck and Company
1928 (top) & 1936
showing menstrual pads, tampons, napkin belts
sanitary aprons & underpants
Women wore sanitary aprons under
their clothing to protect them from
staining by leaking menstrual blood.
Sears sold many varieties for many
years, including lead-weighted ones
with attached garters, shown on a
mannequin at the museum.
(and see a box
and pads from this era) Sears
on these pages, which look very
much like today's wingless panty pads.
By 1928 there were many companies
selling pads, including the Modess of
today. Most companies eventually
Kotex started selling its pads in vending machines in the
1920s; women could also order them by
In addition to large magazine ads
(represented by the famous 1928 ad of
the first "real" woman in
menstrual hygiene advertising, the
photographer Lee Miller - long down-load
), Kotex also made small
well-designed ads for
In the 1936 catalog the menstrual
products zoo was large and changing.
and Wix, at
See also belts,
at bottom, and underpants
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