Read a Personal Products booklet for older girls, The Periodic Cycle (1938). See similar booklets on this site.
See also How shall I tell my daughter? and Personal Digest and read the whole booklet As One Girl to Another (Kotex, 1940).
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)
See also the booklets How shall I tell my daughter? (Modess, various dates), and Growing up and liking it (Modess, various dates)
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.
Is this the first Tampax tampon? Go to Early Commercial Tampons
Other early commercial tampons - Main Tampax patent - Ad from 1936 - World War II Tampax sign
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, 1949, U.S.A.)Are 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 cataloged.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
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.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Kotex Very Personally Yours
puberty & menstruation booklets, 1948 (complete below),
1961 & 1981 (covers with links to complete booklet)

These booklets are part of a series of Kotex puberty booklets (Marjorie May and As One Girl To Another); 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.

And Kotex 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 rivets your 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.)

1948, complete, starting BELOW
1961, complete, HERE

1981, complete, HERE

NEXT: inside back cover & introduction - 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 11-12 13-14 15-16 17-18 19 & inside back cover
See also How shall I tell my daughter? and Personal Digest and
read the whole booklet As One Girl to Another (Kotex, 1940). Whole list of such booklets.

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