The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
menstruation, advertisement, napkin, period,
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.
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 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 other 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, - whiskey? - to occupants
of a room. PM reflects backwards in the ad's
which Hall did not paint.
Again, that face and florid cheeks. Oops,
maybe they're looks at the guests in this run-up
to the Mad Men decades.
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