See the German booklet [Die] Menstruation (excerpts, 1977, o.b. tampons, Germany) Photographer
David Hamilton contributed many photographs to this explicit and beautiful
booklet. By the way, "Die" in the title means "the,"
not to lose life.
Booklets from about this time, 1956:
now you are 10 (complete
booklet, 1958, Kotex, U.S.A.)
Essence of Womanhood (complete
booklet, 1959, Personal Products Corp., Modess tampons, U.S.A.)
Growing Up and Liking It (1957,
The Personal Products Company, U.S.A.)
How shall I tell my daughter? (1954,
Personal Products Co., U.S.A.)
Sally and Mary and Kate Wondered . . . (complete booklet, cover,
1956, Personal Products Corp., U.S.A.)
"You're a young lady now" (complete
booklet, 1952, Kotex, U.S.A.) The first owner
might have printed her named on the back of the booklet. Complete booklet,
1959, apparently with the owner's name cut out.
"From Fiction to Fact: a teaching guide about
puberty, menstruation and the human reproductive system" (complete 1966, 1986, Tambrands, U.S.A. The 1966 version is part of the
huge "Educational Material on Menstruation furnished
by the makers of Tampax," 1966)
Tell it like it is: Straight talk about tampons
(complete booklet, 1968, Kotex stick tampons,
U.S.A., revised 1974; complete booklet, 1981,
although the title lacks the subtitle "Straight talk about tampons").
I wonder if "straight" alludes to
the shape of tampons.
Tampax Junior tampons, late 1930s-1940s
Tampax Satin Learner's Kit (for menstruation),
2001, in 3 languages
Instructions from Tampax about what to tell customers, 1936
Tampax "Educational Material on Menstruation,"
Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made
for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine
- a list of books and articles about menstruation
See early tampons and a list of tampons on this site - at least the ones I've cataloged.
German Tampax menstrual tampons educational booklet,
Es geht um die besten Jahre Ihres Lebens!
[It's a Matter of the Best Years of Your Life!]
(deutsches Heft, Büchlein, Menstruation,
Aufklärung, problems, PMS, puberty, menstrual cycle, tampons, girls,
Mädchen, Frau, kritische Tage, Geschlechtsreife, Hormone, Wechseljahre,
See the German booklet [Die] Menstruation (excerpts, 1977, o.b. tampons)
Similar booklets in the column at left.
I thank the Dutch contributor of many items
to the museum and this site for these scans!
Below: P. 4
unpleasantness or lead to inappropriate behavior during these days.
The first appearance of menstruation is a sign of physical maturity, the
start of being a woman. It means that the body has prepared itself for
reproduction. Even at birth each ovary has 50,000 eggs that await the maturing
of the body. At the body's maturation one of the follicles matures each
month. The egg moves to the uterus whose walls have thickened to receive
the egg. With an impregnation a pregnancy begins. When that does not occur,
menstruation begins. The body gets rid of the unnecessary substances in
a natural way. These substances are in no way bad, unhealthy or dirty as
is often assumed. The word menstruation comes from the Latin mensis, month,
because the whole process takes a month: from the end of one period to
the beginning of the next. On average, menstruation happens every 28 days
and lasts 3 to 5 days. Small deviations are also completely normal.
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