Protex Scentuals For Today's Woman


These Protex Scentuals brand condoms were manufactured and distributed by National Sanitary Laboratories, Inc. of Lincolnwood, Illinois in 1984. The purple package bills itself as “For Today’s Woman” and describes the condom as “Super Thin Ribbed & Dotted Condoms.” The reverse of the condom reads “For Today’s Woman/Stimulating ribbed & dotted surface/Super thin for maximum sensitivity/Natural transparency/Reservoir end/Finely lubricated.”

Beginning in the 1980s, condom buyers increasingly came to include women. Throughout the twentieth century, vending machines were an easy way to discreetly distribute condoms. Protex condoms were often sold through vending machines.

Date Made: 1984-1989

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, LincolnwoodPlace Distributed: United States: Illinois, Lincolnwood

Subject: Birth Control/ContraceptionSexually Transmitted DiseasesWomen's Health


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0416.031Catalog Number: 1989.0416.031Accession Number: 1989.0416

Object Name: contraceptive, condomOther Terms: contraceptive, 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_688135

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