See American Tassaway ads from 1971 and 1972, 1972 & 1973 Dutch ads, and instructions for use of the cup (all require long download times!
Read a partial history of the menstrual cup!
First cup? Tassette, Tassaway, The Keeper, Daintette, Foldene
Leona Chalmer's 1937 book with a drawing of a cup.
And read comments from people who have used a cup.
Do cups cause endometriosis? Not enough evidence, says the FDA.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

A History of the Menstrual Cup (continued)

10 shares of Tassette stock for the Tassaway menstrual cup

Right before the company failed, in 1972, the donor of this certificate bought ten shares in Tassette, Inc., a fatally flawed menstrual cup (more about cups). Ms. Jupiter writes,

In 1971 I was so excited about Tassettes that I bought 10 shares of Tassette, Inc.

As I discuss on the Tassaway page ,

Suspicions of fraud involving shares in the company surfaced. Tassette, Inc., reported selling thousands of Tassaways, but not nearly enough to justify the high value of each share.

On July 17, 1972, a federal judge in Los Angeles issued an order permanently enjoining Robert Oreck and Tassette, Inc., from violating the registration provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the anti-fraud provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Interestingly enough, apparently women could still buy the cup in The Netherlands in 1972 and 1973, as these ads here and here show. (More ads: 1971 and 1972, and instructions for use of the cup.)

But the menstrual cup survived, first as The Keeper, later in other forms that I'll add to the site.

I thank Linda Jupiter for donating her stock certificate!

If the name name of the president of Tassette - Oreck - looks familiar (bottom right), it is. I pass an office of the vacuum-cleaner company that carries his brother's name every time I buy cat food.
Above: The Spirit of the Menstrual Cup telling her men how to make it?
Below: This appears on the reverse side of the certificate.

NEXT (The Keeper cup)
Introduction to the History of the Menstrual Cup, first cup, Tassette, The Keeper, Daintette, Foldene), OPINIONS about cups.

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