Gentry with Genitrol


This Gentry brand condom was manufactured by Akwell Industries Incorporated of Dothan, Alabama during the second half of the 20th century (around 1980). The red, white, and blue box bears the label “Gentry, with Genitrol*” and describes Genitrol as a lubricant with an “exclusive formula for unnoticed protection and maximum natural sensitivity.” The back of the box asserts that the condom “makes every other prophylactic seem old-fashioned. Use it with the knowledge that you have purchased the finest prophylactic known to man.”

Gentry condoms were available for purchase in vending machines during the 1980s. Throughout much of the mid to late twentieth century, vending machines provided an easy way to discreetly distribute condoms.

Date Made: c. 1980ca 1980

Maker: Akwell Industries

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Birth Control/ContraceptionSexually Transmitted DiseasesSex


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0416.023Catalog Number: 1989.0416.023Accession Number: 1989.0416

Object Name: Condomcontraceptive, condom, noveltyOther Terms: Condom; Contraceptive Devices

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.81 cm x .635 cm


Record Id: nmah_688127

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