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Sanpax(d?) menstrual tampons, Switzerland? Israel? 1969-1970

Main discussion.

Tambrands kindly donated the box as part of a large gift from its archives.

Below: The tampon with tubes measures about 5.2" long (about 13 cm). The paper wrapper bears no writing; the Tampax, below, does.
Compare regular Tampax from the same year, 1970, below. They look very similar in their cardboard tubes. I wonder if sanpax(d) infringed on the Tampax patent.
Below: The box containing the above Tampax, reduced in size, which Tambrands donated to this museum. Someone at that company marked the box. The box is almost exactly the size as the sanpax(d) box. See Primella, another tampon probably from Switzerland and closely resembling Sanpax and Tampax of this era.
Back to sanpax(d), below. The cotton plug measures about 2.25 x 0.5" (about 5.7 x 1.3 cm) and the string about 4.75 " (about 12 cm) long. The inner (upper here) tube measures about 2.85 x 0.5" (about 7.3 cm x 1.3 cm), the outer about 2.75 x 5.1" (about 7 x 1.31 cm). You can see the holes that make ridges that hold the tampon tubes in place until a finger pushes the the end. Tampax, above, has the same holes.
One of the Tampax people apparently investigated the 'pon, below, and left it in the box.
Below: These stapled bundles of paper snuggled in the box next to the tampons (each about 3.5 x 2.1", about 9 x 5 cm). Note what looks like "NO" and "NI" in pencil and ink. The brown paper doesn't match any part of the box, tampons or instructions but the white paper might be the same as the instructions on the next page. Are they paper samples left by the developers? Someone made a similar mark on the instructions on the next page.
Next | Box - tampons - instructions - See the Turkish Tampex & TamPak Tampax imitations, 1973 - Tampax tampon from the early 1930s - Main Tampax patent - Ad from 1936 - World War II Tampax sign - Japanese tampon with finger cots

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