See the Modess teaching guides
covers (1962 and 1973)
See ads for menarche-education
booklets: Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday
(Kotex, 1933), Tampax tampons (1970, with Susan Dey),
Personal Products (1955, with Carol Lynley), and
German o.b. tampons (lower ad, 1970s)
First Tampax? & first tampon with applicator (1931-33?):
box, tampon, instructions, plus newspaper ad
from 1934 - Tiffany bowl celebrating the 50th
anniversary of Tampax - 1936: box, tampon,
patent (with a short account of the invention of Tampax by Dr. Earle Haas, and of the
first Tampax president, German immigrant Gertrude
From Fiction to Fact:
a teaching guide about puberty, menstruation and the human reproductive
system [sex education for children in school]
Tambrands, Tampax menstrual tampons, 1986,
Starting probably in the late 1940s, companies like Modess, Kotex, Pursettes,
Tampax made, and sometimes still make, kits for schools,
enabling teachers to use the material to explain menstruation and puberty
to American girls - today, sometimes also to boys - and let the captive
audience see their products, hoping they will use them for life; they often
did. Sometimes the companies also supplied films, such as the famous one
from Walt Disney.
See the Modess teaching guides covers (1962
I thank Tambrands, the former maker of Tampax, for generously donating
Below: The cover
(& pamplet) measures 8 1/2 x 11" (21.6 x 27.9 cm). The booklet
consists of thin glossy paper stapled twice on the spine.
The color of "a teaching . . ." and TAMBRANDS (& the underlying
text) on the back cover is white.
Below: Back cover.
The mismatch in the top horizontal line resulted from MY
scanning error; it's not the company's mistake. The back and front
covers are one piece of paper.
Below: The text at the bottom
of the back cover.
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