More K-C tampons: the very early Moderne Woman, fax, Nunap, & Fibs, all 1930s.
Kotex's second stick tampons (U.S.A.) & its ads, 1960s to 1970s - Kotams mesh-string tampon with 2-tube insertion device (1944?) - also called Kotams: first Kotex stick tampon, 1960-65 - Comfortube tampons (1967), box, tampons
Tampax: box, tampon, instructions, plus newspaper ad from 1934.
Tampax: 7 ads, 1966 - actress Susan Dey ad, 1970 - Box of regular Tampax, 1970
All TAMPONS on this site.

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Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Fems menstrual tampons, Australia, 1967
Kimberly-Clark of Australia Pty. Ltd., Lane Cove, N.S.W.

In the most wonderful way imaginable Kimberly-Clark (the maker of Kotex) the maker of this tampon, walked the tightrope between telling the truth and sparing the viewers' feelings.

"Smelling like a rose" - see the nice picture on the box, below - the menstrual flow does not. But because apparently the word "flow" came from a French word similar to the one for "flower" writers on menstruation luckily have been able to associate the two.

But making a rose its usual color, red, would break a common rule in menstrual products: Don't remind the buyer of why she's buying this box!

So long ago - well, maybe the early 20th century - many companies chose the heavenly color blue to disguise down-to-earth reality. Kotex led the way.

The Kotex color even puzzled an early American efficiency expert.

But did the blues that often afflicted menstruating women occur to the company's marketers?

Kimberly-Clark created many tampons like this one over the years but never beat Tampax at its own game. It might have actually produced the first commercial tampons; see the very early Moderne Woman, fax, Nunap, & Fibs, all 1930s.

I thank Tambrands, the former maker of Tampax, for the donation!

Below: The cardboard box measures 3 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/4" (8.3 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm).
Below: Adhesive tape apparently once kept the box shut.
Below: Probably a Tampax hand wrote "Rec'd 7/20/67" on the box. The ends are identical except for the tape mark and handwriting.
Below: The ends are identical.
Below: Open the box and this is what you see!

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Tampax: 7 ads, 1966 - actress Susan Dey ad, 1970 - Box of regular Tampax, 1970
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