See a Dutch Libresse ad, 1998. See an old American tampon, Lotus.
Read a Personal Products booklet for older girls from about this time, The Periodic Cycle (1938). See similar booklets on this site.
Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine - a list of books and articles about menstruation - videos
What did American and European women use in the past for menstruation?
See also How shall I tell my daughter? and Personal Digest and read the whole booklet As One Girl to Another (Kotex, 1940).
See a Kotex ad advertising a Marjorie May booklet.
See many more similar booklets.
See ads for menarche-education booklets: Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (Kotex, 1932), Tampax tampons (1970, with Susan Dey), Personal Products (1955, with Carol Lynley), and German o.b. tampons (lower ad, 1981)
See also the booklets How shall I tell my daughter? (Modess, various dates), and Growing up and liking it (Modess, various dates)
And read Lynn Peril's series about these and similar booklets!
Read the full text of the 1935 Canadian edition of Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday, probably identical to the American edition.
Is this the first Tampax tampon? Go to Early Commercial Tampons
Other early commercial tampons - Main Tampax patent - Ad from 1936 - World War II Tampax sign
More ads for teens (see also introductory page for teenage advertising): Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and Quest napkin powder, 1948, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts, 1949, U.S.A.)Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts, 1964, U.S.A.), Freedom (1990, Germany), Kotex (1992, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Saba (1975, Denmark)
See early tampons and a list of tampon on this site - at least the ones I've cataloged.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
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.


Telephone-booth ad for Libresse menstrual pads
London, England (2006?)

There's much evidence that the British have humor - er, humour - and it's strengthened by the ad below. The contributor, the gentleman who also sent us radio ads by gymnast Cathy Rigby and for the infamous Rely tampon, writes,

Mr. Finley--

I was going through some photos of London and got a laugh from this one. A bit of subtle British humour - the phone box with the pantyliner advert has a red handle and the one next to it is green.

I appreciate that you were able to use the three Rely radio spots that I sent you awhile back.

Your work and website are top notch.

I took the picture a few years back. I believe the phone boxes were located near the London Marriott. Something about the image struck me a bit humorous and it wasn't till I had the film developed did I notice the joke.

I will look to see if I can find the date. The British do have a DRY sense of humour.

Just like the woman in the TV ad for hemorrhoids, how'd you like to be typecast as a pantyliner? At the same time she's fending you off she looks cheerful; maybe she's faking it. Or maybe those arms wrap around the panty crotch, replacing the usual wings. Dunno.

More evidence for British humor - and a penis and 3-d glasses!

See an ad for Libresse on a bus stop in the Netherlands.

Thanks again to the generous contributor!

The booth sits near the London Marriott.

See a Tassette menstrual cup ad in Times Square in New York City, 1961, and an ad for Kotex on a boxcar, 1920s

Yet more evidence for British humor. See a Dutch Libresse ad, 1998. See an old American tampon, Lotus.

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