Some K-C tampons: the very early Moderne Woman, fax, Nunap, & Fibs, all 1930s.
Kotex's second stick
tampons (U.S.A.) & its ads, 1960s to 1970s
- Kotams mesh-string
tampon with 2-tube insertion device
(1944?) - also called Kotams:
first Kotex stick tampon, 1960-65 - Comfortube tampons
(1967), box, tampons
All TAMPONS on this site.
See also Ads for
menstrual hygiene companies made for girls,
women and teachers - patent
medicine - a list
of books and articles about menstruation
The Museum of Menstruation and
Fems feminine napkins
Ladies Home Journal, May, 1959
Do you want more comfort?
Of course you do! But companies
had been trying to
make pads more comfortable for
decades. Why is
progress drip, drip, drip? Seems
like making a pad longer -
same with the tabs
that attached to a belt
around the woman's
waist - would have occurred to
somebody years earlier.
The companies had been promising
for decades things like
their pad was "exquisitely
comfortable" and "gives absolute
protection." Oh, please.
"Fems" has been a popular
name for menstrual products
Companies probably called these pads
feminine to cover
since at least 1921.
And Kimberly-Clark produced a
up the unfeminine blood,
bacteria, cells, and odor
issuing from an unmentionable cleft
in a woman's
body. In the same spirit many
companies associated the word
with their products' effectiveness.
The lady below is 50s feminine!
the ad measures 10 1/2 x 14 3/4" (26.7
x 37.5 cm).
You think that's a huge laptop
she has under her arm?
"The first mass-produced
portable computer was the Osborne 1 in
1981," 22 years
after this ad. The box
might hold seeds for her next hat.
That's a bus she's leaving,
whose glamor she way outdoes.
Women, and probably some men, dressed
up to go shopping
in the 50s. I suspect fewer women
drove cars. I wonder if
she planned for her 2 sets of flowers
to match the bus's color.
A half century earlier ladies
matched and raised her one.
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