See early tampoms Dale,
Wix and B-ettes and a bunch of other
See a Modess pad
ad from 1928 - Compare the American "Modess . . . . because"
ads, the French
Modess, and the German "Freedom"
(Kimberly-Clark) for teens.
See a San-Nap-Pak
ad from 1945 in American Girl, the Girl
Scout magazine, and a box of
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).
Sa-tips menstrual tampons (1930s-1940s?
Sa-tips (pronounced say-tips,
according to the instructions,
which violates rule
3 in Dr. Lillian Gilbreth's
1927 list about names for
menstrual products) painted its
box red, just like Cashay
tampons, something uncommon in
American menstrual products,
probably because of it association
with blood. Heavens!
The name possibly comes from
SAnitary TIPS of pads (meaning
just part of the pads).
We read also maybe the shortest
instructions, and with no
pictures, below, I've seen for
older tampons, which might
indicate that these are not among
the earliest. But they are still
called "sanitary napkins, internal
type," hinting that all - most? -
women didn't know what a tampon
was. Maybe illustrations would
have been indelicate;
these are for fastidious women,
Procter & Gamble kindly
donated the box and contents as
part of a gift of scores of
See the tampon.
Front of box: As
with many early tampons, most
famously Tampax, the box and
advertising bear variations of "No
pins, no pads and no belts," three
things that irritated women like
Back of box
which are very short
compared with other
tampons of the 1930s and
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