Koromex Diaphragm with Sanitary Plastic Case, Diaphragm Size 95

Koromex Diaphragm with Sanitary Plastic Case, Diaphragm Size 95

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Light orange-colored cardboard box containing a round white plastic case which contains one Koromex Size 95 diaphragm. "KOROMEX / 95" is printed on diaphragm. "Lanteen" is embossed on the plastic case and "95" is written in red grease pencil on the case. The case and diaphagm became mismatched prior to being acquired by the museum. Printed on the box: "Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician" and "Manufactured by Holland-Rantos Company, Inc., New York, New York."
James Noah Henry Slee, second husband of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger, established the Holland-Rantos Company in 1925. The company was the first in the United States to produce diaphragms and associated women's contraceptive products exclusively for the medical profession. The Koromex brand of diaphagm, introduced in 1925, was similar to the Mensinga diaphragms manufactured in Holland, which Slee had been smuggling into the country for Sanger's birth control clinics. Holland-Rantos became a leading supplier in the United States especially after a 1936 court case allowed medical doctors to prescribe contraceptive devices for their patients and exempted them prosecution under the Comstock Act.
Reference: Tone, Andrea. Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. New York: Hill and Wang, 2001.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
contraceptive, diaphragm
date made
1940s-1950s
first trademark registration (Koromex)
1925
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
Measurements
overall, box: 4 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in x 3/4 in; 10.795 cm x 10.795 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
1982.0531.056
accession number
1982.0531
catalog number
1982.0531.056
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret Sanger Center
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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