Read a Personal Products booklet for older
girls, The Periodic
Cycle (1938). See similar booklets
on this site.
See a Kotex ad
advertising a Marjorie May booklet.
See many more similar booklets.
See ads for
menarche-education booklets: Marjorie May's Twelfth
Birthday (Kotex, 1932), Tampax tampons (1970,
with Susan Dey), Personal
Products (1955, with Carol Lynley),
and German o.b.
tampons (lower ad, 1981)
And read Lynn Peril's series about
these and similar booklets!
Read the full text of the 1935 Canadian edition
of Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday, probably
identical to the American edition.
More ads for teens (see also introductory page
for teenage advertising): Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and Quest
napkin powder, 1948, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts,
you in the know?
(Kotex napkins, 1953, U.S.A.), Are you in the know? (Kotex napkins and belts,
1964, U.S.A.), Freedom (1990, Germany), Kotex (1992, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Pursettes (1974, U.S.A.), Saba (1975, Denmark)
See early tampons
and a list of tampon
on this site - at least the ones I've
The Museum of Menstruation and
puberty & menstruation booklets, 1948
1961 & 1981 (covers with links to
booklets are part of a series of
Kotex puberty booklets (Marjorie May and As One Girl To
and Kotex was not the only
company that made them (see
links to the left and above).
Notice how formal the 1948
booklet looks, with the
"engraved" card, perhaps an
attempt to dignify the subject.
It also creates distance to the
contents and, of course, reveals
nothing about it; it
could be an invitation to the
White House. At least the later
version has a girl on the cover.
praises Allah! I could
imagine Bing Crosby doing so in
his casual, jaded patter in a
movie with Bob Hope from that
time. Islam and the Middle East
were flying carpets (even in ads)
and exotic love poetry for most
Americans. But in today's world it
attention. Read more slang
of the time, also, oddly, from
Kotex. (Kotex ditched the stilted
language of the Marjorie May
stories and, in the 1940s, leaped
into the arms of the masses with As One Girl to
Another, a nice move.)
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