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
All TAMPONS on this site.
See also Ads for
menstrual hygiene companies made for girls,
women and teachers - patent
medicine - a list
of books and articles about menstruation
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.
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,
I thank Tambrands, the former
maker of Tampax, for the donation!
The cardboard box measures
3 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 1/4"
(8.3 x 5.5 x 3.3 cm).
Adhesive tape apparently
once kept the box shut.
Probably a Tampax hand
wrote "Rec'd 7/20/67" on
the box. The ends are
identical except for the
tape mark and handwriting.
The ends are identical.
Open the box and this is what you
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