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.
Instructions for the Tassaway
This is a section of the instructions for the
Tassaway menstrual cup, from the
1970s, donated by Dr. Philip
Tierno of the New York
University Medical Center.
The wearer folds
the cup just as she does today's
Keeper cup, and inserts it
sitting on the toilet.
The cup had to protrude slightly
from the vagina when the
legs were apart. A user of today's Instead
cup inserts it far
the vagina, next to the cervix.
The woman removed it by hooking a finger
through the loop and gently
pulling, breaking the vacuum seal.
Tassaway - pronounce it tossaway and
you'll see that it was a disposable,
like today's Instead - failed probably
for a number of reasons, including the
caused by the sharp edges of the
protruding rings around the cup, placed
there to help hold the cup in
The Tassette company made the
reusable Tassette cup in the 1960s;
this failed too.
The spiritual successor to these
cups is The
Keeper. See an advertisement
for Tassaway, and the cup
itself, and the history of
the Tassaway and other cups.
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