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


See the leaflet, box.

I thank the donor!

Below: 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.

Below: 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 panties. Self-adhesive pads appeared a few years later, almost killing the belt industry.

It was a heated rivalry that lasted decades. Kotex won.

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

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