Kotex around 1966: 19591969, 1974
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Kotex box and menstrual pad, 1966 (U.S.A.)

This is an early (the first?) pad with a wrapper for disposal, similar to the disposal bags found in women's public toilets but not as vibrant.

Also probably novel is the window on the box allowing the viewer to see the contents, usually a no-no in menstrual packaging.  In the 1920s, famous efficiency expert Dr. Lillian Gilbreth advised just the opposite in order to hide the purpose of the box.

The box was damaged and lacking five of the eight wrapped pads when I received it from the donor.

Usually a belt held these pads in place, or sometimes a safety pin attached to underpants. But companies, Kotex included, also made special underpants to hold them. Early in the 20th century women could also wear a sanitary apron that held the pad in place and protected their dresses from leakage.
See the pad, enclosed leaflet.

I thank the donor!

Below: The box measures 4 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 2 3/8" (10.6 x 16 x 6 cm). A piece of thin transparent plastic film covers the window from the inside although it is loose. The wrapped pads peek out, spared their usual fate.

The bottom line reads, "Convenient for purse, for luggage, for storage in the home."
Below: The two sides are identical. The flap at top together with the opposite flap are all what remain of the box top.

Below: The bottom of the box. The missing top might look the same.

Below: The back of the box.
The words in the yellow box read,
You will find eight regular size KOTEX
feminine napkins in this package, folded
and individually wrapped for greater
convenience and protection. Perfect for
purse, for luggage, and for storage in the
home. . . . a new idea for your personal
® Registered Trademark -- Marca Registrada
© 1966 Kimberly-Clark [mark] Corp., Neenah, Wis.
Made in U.S.A.

See the pad, enclosed leaflet.
Other Kotex pads around 1966: 19591969, 1974

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