Some K-C tampons: the very early Moderne Woman, fax, Nunap, & Fibs, all 1930s.
Kotex's second stick tampons (U.S.A.) & its ads, 1960s to 1970s - Kotams mesh-string tampon with 2-tube insertion device (1944?) - also called Kotams: first Kotex stick tampon, 1960-65 - Comfortube tampons (1967), box, tampons
Tampax: box, tampon, instructions, plus newspaper ad from 1934.
Tampax: 7 ads, 1966 - actress Susan Dey ad, 1970 - Box of regular Tampax, 1970
All TAMPONS on this site.

See also Ads for Teens

Booklets menstrual hygiene companies made for girls, women and teachers - patent medicine - a list of books and articles about menstruation
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
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, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
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 |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
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

Ad for Fems feminine napkins
Kimberly-Clark, U.S.A
Ladies Home Journal, May, 1959

Do you want more comfort?

Of course you do! But companies had been trying to
make pads more comfortable for decades. Why is
progress drip, drip, drip? Seems like making a pad longer -
same with the tabs that attached to a belt around the woman's
waist - would have occurred to somebody years earlier.
The companies had been promising for decades things like
pad was "exquisitely comfortable" and "gives absolute
Oh, please.

"Fems" has been a popular name for menstrual products
since at least 1921. And Kimberly-Clark produced a
Fems tampon.

Companies probably called these pads feminine to cover
up the unfeminine blood, bacteria, cells, and odor
issuing from an unmentionable cleft in a woman's
body. In the same spirit many companies associated the word
dainty with their products' effectiveness.

The lady below is 50s feminine!

Below: the ad measures 10 1/2 x 14 3/4" (26.7 x 37.5 cm).
You think that's a huge laptop she has under her arm?
Wiki writes, "The first mass-produced microprocessor-based
portable computer was the Osborne 1 in 1981," 22 years
after this ad. The box might hold seeds for her next hat.
That's a bus she's leaving, whose glamor she way outdoes.
Women, and probably some men, dressed up to go shopping
in the 50s. I suspect fewer women drove cars. I wonder if
she planned for her 2 sets of flowers to match the bus's color.
A half century earlier ladies matched and raised her one.

More Kotex tampons: the very early Moderne Woman, fax, Nunap, & Fibs, all 1930s.
Tampax: 7 ads, 1966 - actress Susan Dey ad, 1970 - Box of regular Tampax, 1970
Many more

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