And, of course, the first Tampax AND - special
for you! - the American fax tampon,
from the early 1930s, which also came in bags.
See a Modess True or False? ad in The American
Girl magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley
in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many dates).
Kotex menstrual napkin ad, U.S.A., October 1925
Two enlarged sections
The laundry problem Kotex mentions - washable menstrual pads - an earlier
ad explicitly shows, here. See an Italian
washable pad from right before this time.
See more comments and links under the lower picture.
The woman's open-leg underpants (top drawing) meant that she had to
wear a belt and Kotex (here). Tight-fitting
panties apparently didn't come into common use until the 1930s (here). Women could then wear special panties with a
gripping device (ouch!) in the crotch (here).
Only decades later did adhesive pads appear that stuck to the crotches of
underpants (here). But there was at least one
exception: Sears advertised "sanitary bloomers"
in a 1922 catalog. Just for fun, see the Sears page of open-
and closed-crotch underpants, also in its 1922 catalog.
END Whole ad
- enlarged main drawing - See an Italian
washable pad from right before this time. See Kotex pad dispensers (here) and to the napkins within
(see one from the 1930s).
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