Modess Because Sanitary Napkins Vending Machine

Modess Because Sanitary Napkins Vending Machine

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Sanitary napkin vending machine: The tall rectangular box is constructed of ferrous metal and is painted beige. There are also some remnants of pink paint, probably from painting adjacent walls. The front door has three hinges on the proper left edge. The dispensing mechanism on the front is chromed ferrous metal and the lock is also ferrous metal. The dispenser required the insertion of one dime and the instructions appear under the coin slot: "Insert Coin Above / Turn Handle / To The Right / If Coin Returns / Insert Again Or / Try Another Coin." There is a blue company name plate attached to front on the upper part of the machine which reads: "Modess / because / Modess Sanitary Napkins Distributed by Rochester Germicide Co. / Rochester New York". The back panel is perforated with holes including two larger ones at the top for hanging the machine.
The "Modess... because" advertising campaign by the New York marketing firm Young & Rubicam ran from the late 1940s to the 1970s.
Object Name
vending machine, sanitary napkin
Other Terms
vending machine, sanitary napkin; Manufacturing And Dispensing Equipment
date made
ca 1960s
Rochester Germicide Company
place made
United States: New York, Rochester
Physical Description
ferrous metal; paint (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Women's Health
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Health & Medicine
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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