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)
Kotex box and menstrual pad, 1966
I thank the donor!
At left, the wrapper containing the
rolled-up pad. In the center
of the right-hand scan you see the
crescent tab which,
when pulled, opens the wrapper.
The unfurled absorbent pad measures 8 x
2 7/8 x 1/2" (20.3 x 7.2 x 1.3 cm). The
short tab measures 4" (10.2 cm),
the long 5.5 (14 cm).
Expert Lillian Gilbreth had recommended
short and long tabs in her 1927
report to Johnson and
Johnson, Kotex's competitor.
The flaps on either end - tabs -
snaked through the clasps on a belt,
clung to underpants with safety pins,
or nestled in special
pads appeared a few years later,
almost killing the belt industry.
It was a heated rivalry that
lasted decades. Kotex
Kotex pads around 1966: 1959,
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