Lanteen Cap Diaphragm and Jelly Set

Lanteen Cap Diaphragm and Jelly Set

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Orange, red, and brown cardboard box containing a cap diaphragm set: one cap diaphragm in clear plastic case, one contraceptive jelly applicator in a cellophane wrapper, and one paper instruction booklet entitled "Directions for Marriage Hygiene". Price $3.00. Original set included a 3 ounce tube of jelly - not present in the museum's specimen. Lanteen jelly active ingredients as listed on the box: hexylresorcinol; glycerine; chlorothymol; sodium benzoate; ricinoleic acid.
Lanteen Laboratories (Lanteen Medical Laboratories) of Chicago, Illinois, produced a suite of color-coded contraceptive products for women including diaphragms, jellies, sanitary vaginal sponges, and douche solutions. The "Brown" Cap-Diaphragm combined characteristics of a cervical cap and a diaphragm. It was available through door-to-door sales, at drugstores, and at special Lanteen company clinics. The cap diaphragm did not require individual fitting by a physician (as did the diaphragm), and according to the company literature its one standard size was "adaptable for use by the normal woman."
To avoid prosecution at a time when providing contraceptives or information about contraception was illegal in the United States, the company used the term "marriage hygiene" to refer to contraception and "certain germs" to refer to sperm.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Diaphragm, Kit
date made
ca 1944
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
metal; rubber (diaphragm material)
metal (tube key material)
paper (booklet, instruction(2) material)
plastic (applicator material)
plastic (diaphragm case material)
overall, box: 8 1/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 20.6375 cm x 7.9375 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Locurto
Birth Control/Contraception
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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