See more 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)
See also the booklets How shall I tell my daughter? (Modess, various dates), Growing up and liking it (Modess, various dates), and Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (Kotex, 1928).
And read Lynn Peril's series about these and similar booklets!
See more Kotex items: First ad (1921) - ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Lee Miller ads (first real person in amenstrual hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal method - box from about 1969 - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Kotex box and menstrual pad, probably mid 1960s (U.S.A.)
Pad, below

Read a general discussion.
See the main 1959 Kotex page and the box.


The blue line - blue, again - indicated the side against the underpants, not the vulva. (Read a discussion of blue in a 1927 report.)
I shortened the lower tab, the part that looped into a belt.
The pad measures 18" (ca. 46 cm), tab tip to tip. The absorbing part is 8" (20.5 cm) long, 2.75" (6.6 cm) wide and 1" (2.54 cm) thick.
The woman wore a belt with the pad - or special panties, like these German ones from 1960 - such as this one (below) from a 1970s Swedish ad. The text means "usual pad" (note the similarity with the German word Binde, also meaning "pad," and to the English "band," as in "bandage," a synonym for menstrual pad, as used in an ad for menstrual suspenders.)


The vulva (body) side of the pad. The "soft impressions," the dimples in the pad, above, in the text on the box (and in print advertising) supposedly aided absorption.
Compare the covering on the pad, which is soft - the ends of which hook into, or pin onto, a belt around the woman's waist (at left, below)- with the rough gauze on a 1930s Kotex pad and a Modess from about that time. Rough material rubbed the vulva and thighs, but so did other material (read the Dickinson Report from 1945 about problems with pads).
Look at the pointed end (on the bottom), designed to fit better between the buttocks, and the blunt end, which had nothing to conform to, although that end sometimes pushed outer clothing up, to the wearer's distress.

See the box. See a Kotex pad probably from the 1930s and one copyrighted 1974.

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