MORE Tampax booklets & the company history:
Hvordan Kroppen Din Forandrer Seg
("How Your Body Changes," complete booklet, Tampax tampons, Norway, 1990; my translation) A Norwegian kindly donated the booklet

It's a Woman's World (complete booklet, [1980s?] Tampax, U.S.A.)
it's time you knew . . . [all about menstruation] (complete booklet, 1966, Tampax, U.S.A.)

Q girls & boys A (complete booklet, 1987, Tambrands, U.S.A.) Puberty booklet for girl & boy teens. Explains menstruation, adolescence, personal care, exercise, tampons, menstrual pads, nutrition, TSS, skin care & it promotes Tampax Maxithins, panty shields, & tampons

Small Wonder: How Tambrands began, prospered and grew (1986, 50th anniversary of the company) history of Tampax Inc. and Tambrands that the company probably commissioned. Tambrands generously donated the beautiful book.

Modess booklets: Growing Up and Liking It (complete booklets: 1944, 1949, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1970, 1972, 1976, 1991 The Personal Products Company, U.S.A.) (many covers, 1944-1978)
Many puberty educational booklets for girls
Wrapped Modess pad for dispenser (1930s?) - Modess ad, U.K., 1936 - True or False? Modess ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947
Panties: Modess "Sanitary Shield" (two-band pad holder in crotch; 1970s; U.S.A.)
Modess "Panti-kini" (two-band holder to hold pad in crotch; 1960s-1970s, U.S.A.)
Many more women's underpants

See also Ads for Teens

"A Teaching Guide for Menstrual Hygiene" (cover, 1962, Personal Products Corp., U.S.A.)
"A Teacher's Guide to Feminine Hygiene" (cover, 1973, Personal Products Corp., U.S.A.)
"Educational Material on Menstruation furnished by the makers of Tampax" (1966) U.S.A.
Folder with huge number of information sheets, etc.
"Educational Portfolio on Menstrual Hygiene" (1968) U.S.A. Teacher's kit for Modess sanitary napkins, menstrual tampons and panties (mostly complete)
"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)
"Teacher's kit" (complete, early 1950s, Personal Products Corp., U.S.A.)

CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
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Privacy on this site |
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Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
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Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

it's natural[,] it's normal[,] it has
a purpose... by Eleanor Howe
(1952, Tampax Inc., U.S.A.)

This small booklet is part of a tradition of companies writing explanatory guides for new menstruators (more here). It differs from the extensive explanations given in other places such as the Tampax Bulletins and the huge Educational Material on Menstruation (1966).

Read a roughly contemporary German Tampax booklet that warns it's for women only! Well, I guess that leaves me out! 'Cept I did read it.

About the same time, a booklet from Kotex appeared: "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. A later complete booklet, 1959, apparently with the owner's name cut out.

I thank the Dutch donor for these scans and many other items donated to this museum!

Below: Back & front covers. Each tiny page measures 4.1 x 5.7" (105 x 145 mm),
me of the small Marjorie May booklets from Kotex.
The blue matches the deep blue found on some early Tampax boxes AND
Kotex containers.

NEXT | covers 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-11 12-13 14-15

About the same time, a booklet from Kotex: "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.


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