See a Pursettes booket for teenagers (late 1950s?).
The Pursettes black plastic tote (carrier) with tampons. (An ad sold the tote, and an enthusiastic customer mentions the tote in her testimonial.)
Tampax keeps an eye on its competitor Pursettes:
Tampax tampon inter-office memo with attached ads, U.S.A., 1964
See ads for Pursettes: September 1972 (letter testimonial) - August 1973 (letter testimonial) - February 1974 (cartoon story) - August 1974 (cartoon story) - October 1974 (cartoon story) - See a 1965 ad for a Pursettes school educational kit - Pursettes Getting to Know Yourself booklet for girls - other teaching booklets: Growing Up and Liking It and How Shall I Tell My Daughter?
Want to be a SCHOOLEBRITY in the know? (Huh, you say?) Read
Are you in the know?
BOOKLET collection of the great pad & etiquette tips for teens Kotex ran for decades (but without the ads) (1956)
Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine - a list of books and articles about menstruation
See early tampons and a list of tampons 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:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
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, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
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 |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Ad for
Pursettes non applicator
menstrual tampons, February 1976
Pre-lubricated tip
'Teen magazine
Campana Corp., Batavia, Illinois, U.S.A.

Peter Max's style (see poster below) floated everywhere in the 1960s and 70s in America, even on tampon boxes and in tampon advertising.

In the air were psychedelics - and also in other places.

It meant RIGHT NOW and with it and girls weren't the only ones enticed.

But that was sufficient for the Campana Corporation to help lure menstrual beginners to its (pre) lubricated-tip tampons. Like those naughty tampons from Europe, o.b.,  a finger replaced a cardboard applicator. Lubrication made the task easier for girls.

Most of the early tampons had no applicator (but Tampax and Lox did). But I suspect American women weren't gonna fool around down there if they didn't have to. Tampax wrote about this and other problems getting women to use tampons.

Tampax later wrote an ad to get German fingers around its applicator, not in you-know-where.

The early (1930s?-40s) no-applicator Dale tampon (with an ad) also had a lubricated tip, rare among menstrual tampons.

I thank the contributor!

Below: The ad measures 10 5/8 x 8" (27 x 20.3 cm).

Above: The artist signed the painting in the lower right as JWMc75.
Mc is almost Max but JW is not Peter.

Above: A slice from Peter Max's poster
"BE ALL YOU CAN BE. READ" (National Library Week, 1969)

Compare the poster's style with the one on the wall behind the girl in the upper right corner doing the "hustle."

Pursettes booket for teenagers (late 1950s?). Pursettes black plastic tote (carrier) with tampons.
Tampax tampon inter-office memo about Pursettes with attached ads, 1964 - Are you in the know? BOOKLET
of the riveting pad & etiquette tips for teens from Kotex (1956) - Many Pursettes ads in the left column.

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