Certane Dia-Cap Jelly Set

Certane Dia-Cap Jelly Set

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Description
In 1930, Rosemarie Lewis established the Certane Company to produce "feminine hygiene" products in Los Angeles, California. "Feminine hygiene" was a code term used by marketers for women's contraceptive products at a time when dealing in these products was illegal in most of the U.S. Lewis's first products were antiseptic vaginal jellies and douche powders, but she soon added cervical caps, diaphragms, and vaginal suppositories (cones) to the Certane line. Lewis sold her products through drugstores and other retail outlets and mail-order. She was investigated by the Federal Trade Ccommission (FTC) in 1938 and charged with false and misleading advertising. She was charged again in 1942 by the U.S. Postal Service for conducting unlawful business (selling contraceptives) through the mail. By 1948, Rosemarie Lewis began doing business as the Vogarell Products Company, the maker name on this product. In the 1950's Vogarell added Lanacane skin ointment for acne and Hemex rectal ointment to the product line. Certane douche powder, vaginal jelly, and vaginal suppositories appear to have remained on the market through the 1960s, and Lewis continued to do business as Vogarell into the early 1980s.
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
Diaphragm, Kit
maker
Certane Company
distributor
Vogarell Products Company
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
gel (vaginal jelly active ingredients)
metal (case, cervical cap material)
metal (can, douche powder material)
metal (tube, vaginal jelly material)
plastic (applicator, gel material)
boric acid; sodium chloride; sodium sulfo dioctyl succinate; oxyquinoline sulphate (douche powder active ingredients)
rubber (cervical cap material)
Measurements
overall, box: 6 in x 4 1/2 in x 2 1/8 in; 15.24 cm x 11.43 cm x 5.3975 cm
ID Number
1979.1144.161
accession number
1979.1144
catalog number
1979.1144.161
Credit Line
Gift of George and Julius Garfield
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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