Read most of a 1928 Australian edition of Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday. Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (1935) - Facts About Menstruation that every Woman should know (1936) - Marjorie May, introductory page, 1935 main page
Read Lynn Peril's series about these and similar booklets! And see the covers of the booklets How shall I tell my daughter?, Growing up and liking it, and Personal Digest; read the whole booklet As One Girl to Another (Kotex, 1940).
Marjorie May, three booklets, 1935 main page
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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.


See the similar 1940 edition, maybe the first 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 must have been some booklets in between.

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: P. 16.

For decades Tampax has dealt with hymens in ads and publications and in the Tampax corporate history, where it discusses tampons' danger to morality feared by Catholic priests and anxious mothers - and others.

Kotex made different tampons over the years, for example Fibs (below), and maybe the first commercial menstrual tampons of all, in the early 1930s.

Below: P. 17.
See what Kotex was made of - Cellucotton - and read about its start.    

Below: See the page's enlargement below this image.
Below: Inside back cover.  A previous owner filled in two date blocks.                                 

Below: Enlargement of p. 18 shows the drawings better.

Wikipedia writes this about Mademoiselle magazine, which
lived from 1935 to 2001:

In 1952, Sylvia Plath's short story Sunday at the Mintons won first prize and $500, as well
as publication in the magazine. Her experiences during the summer of 1953 as a
guest editor at Mademoiselle provided the basis for her novel, The Bell Jar.

The August 1961 "college issue" of "Mademoiselle" included a photo of UCLA
senior class president Willette Murphy, who did not realize she was making history as the
first African-American model to appear in a mainstream fashion magazine.

Somebody traced a drawing with a pencil
in the paragraph starting with "Lie on back."

See an ad for Kurb tablets, discussed at the bottom of the page.

End  | A famous Kotex booklet before this one.
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.

A famous Kotex booklet before this one.

copyright 2007 Harry Finley