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As one Girl to Another- ("one" is not capitalized in the booklet's title)
1943, "new edition"
Puberty & menstruation booklet from
International Cellucotton Products Co. (Kotex), 1943, U.S.A.

This is essentially a reprint of the 1940 edition, maybe the first edition of this booklet.

Because its calendar shows the last half of 1940 through all of 1941 and this one covers 1944 to the first half of 1945 there were probably some As one Girl to Anothers in between.

The great (just my opinion) Irving Nurick might have illustrated the "As one Girl To Another" booklets although the style is looser than his other Kotex contributions.

 1940 edition.

A famous Kotex booklet before this one.

See an ad offering this free booklet. And see a tin of Quest powder (and an ad for it). Kotex, on page 10, recommended sprinkling the powder on pads to stop the odor. (Read what causes the odor of menstruation.) The booklet mentions Fibs tampon, the Kotex tampon, developed in the 1930s, on page 16. Fibs had no applicator, unlike its main competitor, the two-tube Tampax (read and see the first Tampax?).

Below: Back cover of the 5 1/4 x 7 5/8" (13.5 x 19.5 cm) booklet.
Only one staple held these pages together. This was the middle of the Second World War and the government probably restricted the use of metal, better used in armaments. The earlier (1940) booklet had two staples.
See a Kotex ad from this year, 1943, with patriotic themes.
Below: Front cover:                                                                           

Below: Inside front cover
Below: This preface shows the origin of the title and a violation of the American Strunk & White style (r".) - but so what, right?

Next page
Go to covers & preface | pages 1-3 ("lollipops to lipsticks,""You're YOURSELF!," definition), | 4-7  (duration, cramps, use a calendar and "don't get caught unprepared") | 8-11 ("warning signals,"Kotex will never give your secret away,""daintiness," cleanliness, sports) | 12-15 ("But don't miss the fun!," "boys know all about menstruation," do's and don't's chart) | 16-19 (tampons, use Kotex, cramps exercises,  inside back cover Kotex calendar 1944-45)

A famous Kotex booklet before this one.

copyright 2007 Harry Finley