We cleaned out a filing cabinet at work and found this…

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When I looked at this it instantly took me back to my teens.

I actually remember buying these when I was a teen! We were astonished (and also terrified…clearly, we need to be cleaning out cabinets more often!). The copyright on the box says “1985,” although web research indicates that this style of box was in use as early as 1978 (and possibly earlier). We all cracked up when we saw the $2.39 price tag – that alone tells you it’s old (I think now this particular brand is up around $6 or $7 if you don’t get it on sale, at least where I live).

Ahh, the days when pad marketing revolved around women in flimsy dresses galavanting just about everywhere…however, in the early 1980s, we were only a few years out of belts[1](read a whole history here: http://www.femmeinternational.org/the-blog/the-history-of-the-sanitary-pad).

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And to answer before you ask: yes, there are still pads inside. Unwrapped, because that was before the days of wrapping them (yuk). Someone suggested I try to sell the box on Ebay…I think not.


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This filing cabinet, I found out, has actually been through several moves as the business’ location has changed throughout the years.


[1] “The History of the Sanitary Pad,” Femme International, June 24, 2013, http://www.femmeinternational.org/the-blog/the-history-of-the-sanitary-pad (accessed July 12, 2016).

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of both the New England Horror Writers and the Horror Writers Association. Follow her adventures at kristipetersenschoonover.com.

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