See more Kotex items: Ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal method - box from about 1969 - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls) - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
And read Lynn Peril's series about these and similar booklets!
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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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 sanitary napkin ads, 1922, Vogue, U.S.A.
Travel and menstruation

Travel burdened traveling women especially in earlier days.

Where would she throw her used pads? Fireplaces in rooms and special burners took care of both disposable pads like Kotex and washable ones. Washing and drying the latter was best at home.

Some early Kotex campaign ads: general discussion and ad prototype - January 1921 - May 1921 - November 1921
Below: The ad fills half a Vogue page, outer (left) side. from 15 July 1922.

Below: Until I enlarged the ad I couldn't figure out what the shiny object at right was. A sink! But the thing sitting upright on the table, far left, still escapes me.

Below: Another ad occupying the left side of a page in the 1 June 1922 Vogue.
The maid packs the steamer trunk at right - steamer getting its name from large ships with passengers.
Below: In snooty magazines like Vogue ladies had maids, and the maids did the dirty work. But maids didn't like even dirtier work that a slightly earlier ad from the company dramatized.

Some early Kotex campaign ads: general discussion and ad prototype - January 1921 - May 1921 - November 1921

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