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 |
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Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
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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

Pursettes lubricated applicator menstrual tampons, box of 16, 1960-70s?
Campana Corp., Batavia, Illinois, U.S.A.

First page

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 instructions are on both sides of a sheet
measuring 4 13/16 x 8" (12.2 x 20.4 cm).
If I had faced these instructions I would have said, "Forget it! Back to
Not only does the verbiage match the mechanical dexterity demanded by
the origami tampon it appears in very small type. Maybe that's
why Pursettes seemed to concentrate on young women; they had stronger
. Maybe also that's why it failed.
Left column: The first small paragraph talks about tampons in general, not Pursettes in particular.
Middle column: Because of its declared high absorbency, I wonder if Purilon was associated with toxic shock syndrome as other high-absorbency tampons were (like Rely). Scroll down for more on Purilon.
Under Placement (middle column): the *#^*#$ tampon took
so long to get in the woman had time to change her hairdo from
the first picture to the second.
Right column: The lubricants on the tampon and applicator are still slippery when wet; I tested them.
Below: The bottom diagram and Purilon text, enlarged.

Purilon: The FMC Corp. registered the name Purilon with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office in 1966; its first use in commerce was 1965 but now the registration is "dead." The Office called it a fiber. The second, 1972, (and now dead) mentioned registration was as "knit shirts." The last (1997, and live) registration is for a hydrogel for wounds from a company called Coloplast.
I'm not sure if the Purilon in 1965 is the same as the current version, which according to one site "is a sterile, high viscosity hydrogel which provides a superior combination of absorption and hydration, and maintains a moist wound environment essential for autolytic debridement." The key word for tampon purposes is absorption.
Below: The other side of the instructions.
Left column: Pursettes came in a super absorbent size.
Note the use of "girls," not "women."
Below: The diagram, enlarged.
Below: Surprise! The instructions come out of the box folded as below: the crease runs between the 2nd and 3rd columns of the above sheet.

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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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