Douche with a smile in addition to a
Coke bottle with Little Doozee.
Read also an Australian ad for douche apparatus
in a banned publication, about 1900. See instructional material for an American company that sold douche equipment and
menstrual cups at Tupperware-like parties in women's
Read 1930s criticism of douching liquids
Zonite and Lysol.
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.
The Intimate Side of a Woman's Life by
Leona W. Chalmers
Book (hard cover with dust jacket), 128 pages, 1937
Pioneer Publications, Inc., Radio City, New York, U.S.A.
Gynecology, women, cup, health, menstruation, period, vaginal hygiene, douche,
period, cycle, cleanliness, bath, odor, body, medicine, pain, loveliness,
exercise, pain, sick, feminine, cosmetics, sanitary napkin, pad, contraception
Below: Pp. 66 & 67 Chapter
VI: Vaginal Hygiene
See below right for more on contraceptive use
Douche with a smile in addition to a Coke
bottle with Little Doozee.
Below: Pp. 68 & 69
Below: Nudge, wink: "prophylactic
measure" spells out another important reason to douche: to kill sperm. Sponges
performed this service as well as at least one commercial tampon.
The federal Comstock
Act of 1873 and even earlier laws in the various
U.S. states. These Comstock laws "made it illegal to send any
'obscene, lewd, and/or lascivious' materials through the mail, including
contraceptive devices and information. In addition to banning contraceptives,
this act also banned the distribution of information on abortion for educational
purposes. . . . The ban on contraceptives was declared unconstitutional
by the courts in 1936
[right before this book appeared]" (from Wikipedia).
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