See the roughly contemporary Cashay tampon, box, instructions. (Procter & Gamble donation, 2001), and
Dale (U.S.A., 1930s?-1940s?) Tampons, box, instructions. (Procter & Gamble donation, 2001)
And, of course, the first Tampax AND - special for you! - the American fax tampon, from the early 1930s, which also came in bags.
See a Modess True or False? ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many dates).
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepageMUM 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.

Lotus tampon, U.S.A., late 1930s-early 1940s?
Box with tampons

I can't pinpoint the date of this tampon but Consumer Reports of September, 1945, evaluated its sister product Lotus De Luxe (Fluff Style) sanitary napkin, so Lotus existed at that time in one form. (Lotus De Luxe rated an "acceptable" mark along with familiar names like Kotex and Modess.) I suspect it existed at least in the late 1930s because of some wording on the folder in the box.

The box's color is close to Kotex blue, common for the early menstrual products, which the history of Procter & Gamble called hospital blue; Dr. Lillian Gilbreth didn't like it, as she reported to Johnson & Johnson in 1927.

The typeface almost throughout the product looks art déco to me, appropriate for the late 1930s.

The Procter & Gamble Company kindly donated this tampon along with dozens of other early American menstrual devices.
Harry Finley created the scans.
The box measure 4" x 2.63" x 0.75" (about 10.2 x 6.6" x 2 cm) .
Like Kimberly-Clark, which invented Kotex menstrual pads and Kleenex, this manufacturer made a "cleansing tissue."

folder - tampon & bag

See the roughly contemporary Cashay and Dale tampons, and very early Tampax and fax.

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