Some Asian menstrual products:
Emil tampon, 1974 -
"Origami" tampon:
Anshin (Japan, 1977) Tampons, box, directions. Origami applicator. (Tambrands gift, 1997) It's the same as Ortex Gold and Cameo tampons.
Cellopon (Japan, 1968) Box, instructions, tampons. No applicator. With a discussion of the mutual influence of European and Japanese art & an example from Van Gogh.
Elldy (Japan) tampon with finger cots, box - ad in Junie magazine (October 1996).
Shampon Young stick tampon (Japan, 1977)
Japanese pads and belts, early 20th century: instructions for making the so-called uma (pony or horse, because it resembled in function the device on horses to catch feces).
Ads for Japanese commercial menstrual belts from the early 20th century with a comparison with the English source of the drawing: Aubrey Beardsley, England's best artist (just my opinion).
Early 20th century ads for Japanese menstrual belts, pads & underpants with some translation.
Thai magazine
ad, date?
Chinese pad and belt (2000)
Chinese pad, Anerle
Chinese panty pad, Huitlao
Washable menstrual pads for women in Almora, Uttar Pradesh state, India, giving them more freedom (1999).
Teaching girls in rural southern Rajasthan about puberty, menstruation and how to make washable menstrual pads.
More recent information about menstrual management in India with an article critical of this museum.
Some tampon curiosities: L & F [Lehn & Fink] Improved Tampons (U.S.A., 1930s-1940s?) Box, instructions, some tampons. From the company that made Lysol. - Medical tampons mentioned in newspapers, U.S.A., 1894-1921 - o.b. folder, Germany, early 1950s (tells what o.b. means!)
Tampon directory.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
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, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
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 |
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.


Pine menstrual tampons, Japan, 1977


I thank the former Tambrands, once maker of Tampax tampons, for donating this box!
Below: The wrapped tampon.
Below: The 'pon itself measures about 4 3/4 x 1/2" (12.1 x 1.3 cm).
Below: The outer tube (top) measures 2 11/16 x 9/16" (6.7 x 1.3 cm), the inner 2 7/8 x 1/2" (7.2 x 1.2 cm),
and the cotton plug about 1 7/8 x 7/16" (roughly 4.7 x 1.1 cm). The string stretches, oh, about 4.5" (11.5 cm).
End | box - instructions: outside inside
Some Asian products: Early 20th century Japanese pads, belts & underpants.
Shampon Young stick tampon, Japan, 1977
Teaching girls in rural southern Rajasthan, India, about puberty, menstruation and how to make washable menstrual pads. MORE in column at far left.

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