The Museum of Menstruation and Women's
Ad for Kotex
Tom Hall, who illustrated this ad, painted many ads
in mid-20th century American magazines, three of
which you see below.
Unknown magazine, 1940s-60s, U.S.A.
Boozing it up, ad after ad
Like Jon Whitcomb's
and Irving Nurick's
people, among others, these Wasps - white
Anglo-Saxon Protestants - reflected the people who
would buy these goods. They're movie-star pretty.
Kotex hoped that if these ideals bought Kotex, I -
er, not me, a guy - could too!
Parenthetically, - actually, it's the bigger chunk
of this page - look at the expressions on their
faces. Women and servants please the men, even in
the Kotex ad. The booze flows, doesn't it?
Tom Hall lived from 1908-1965.
I thank the
anonymous donor for the Kotex ad!
|Below: Although the "gentleman"
looks as if he's had enough,
the lady diverts attention from menstruation
and from the swastika
on what looks like a towel right below her elbow.
and menstruation occupy
|Below: Again, a hand calls attention
to a dissipated face in another Hall ad.
Uh, no. Can I have your beer?
|Below: Are the faces the same?
|Below: So, is this the same
man in the other two Hall ads? Hall,
like many commercial artists, often
used the same model. Christian Leyendecker
for example, used his live-in boyfriend to model
for some of his paintings in an earlier part
of the 20th century.
|Below: As luck would have it, flip
the Kotex ad over and these hotel bell hops
Perfect Mixer, - for whiskey? - to
occupants of a room. PM reflects backwards in the
Someone else painted the ad, not Hall.
Again, florid faces. Hmm, maybe they're
gawking at what the guests are up to in this
to the "Mad Men" decades.
MUCH MORE Kotex
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