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? - underpants directory - tampon directory - early commercial tampons - ads for teens
Early commercial tampons - main page for ads for teens - see the actual Pursette tampon, box and tote - See more ads for Pursettes: July 1972 (letter testimonial) - October 1974 (cartoon story) - February 1974 (cartoon story) - September 1972 (letter testimonial) - August 1974 (letter testimonial) - 1975 (cartoon story)
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
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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.

Museum of Menstruation and Women's health

Pursettes menstrual tampon ads,
In many magazines, U.S.A., September 1963,
during the reform of civil rights in America

I thank Tambrands, the former maker of Tampax, for donating to MUM a file folder of dozens of Pursettes and Modess ads!

Below: RN magazine, RN being short for
registered nurse. By now you know people
at Tampax typed the information at top.

I joined the two pages of the ad.
Follow the arrow for the continuation.

Arthur B. Donovan, M.D., is cited
as the inventor of Pursettes.

Read the Getting to Know Yourself booklet
mentioned, published probably in the late 1950s.

Earlier, women could buy at least
one other lubricated tampon: Dale,
from probably the 1930s-1940s.
Below: See, it was worth following these Pursettes ads to the end. Now you know there was a Teen Screen magazine! I left the left-hand column in to let you sample ancient gossip:

"Tuesday" refers to actress Tuesday Weld, the woman at left looking dismissively at the Pursettes lady. She was once married to violinist Pinchas Zukerman - Tuesday was, not the Pursettes lady, at least not that I know of. Wouldn't that be something if two women in totally unrelated "stories" occupying adjacent columns in a magazine were both married to Pinchas Zuckerman at different times? Even better, at the same time? Spread that rumor! (I think the magazine mistakenly wrote lockless for luckless. She has her hair. Unless there's another gossip item about her losing it. I'll check.)

Note that the Tampax reader did not underline the important information that Sue Lyon, an actually successful actress (Lolita), encouraged her brother to go into acting and thought that she herself was a crummy actress. Chin up, Sue! You could too act!

Fabian, troubled, looks away from Pursettes, as men should.

And George Hamil-, um, I gotta stop reading. This stuff is addictive.

End | Ebony, Glamour, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle magazines

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