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 countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

Posted on August 1, 2016, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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