See the Wix tampon, instructions, patent, The Fascinating Story of Wix (and another version) and store instruction sheet. And read an ad in the Sears catalog for Wix and see a Wix tampon store display ad.
See early tampons and a list of tampon on this site - at least the ones I've cataloged.
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.

Secret menstrual tampons (1930s-1940s?, U.S.A.)

The odd-looking - is it her haircut? - "shushing" woman embodies one of the two main things most women seek in menstrual products: concealment (the other is comfort; just my opinion. Read about a 1927 survey about this. And see the consequences of letting a male, especially, know that you are menstruating in a Kotex ad.)

Yellow screams for attention, at odds with the desire for secrecy on the manufacturer's part. When I was the art director of a magazine in Frankfurt, Germany, I fastened our past issues to the wall for decoration, and the yellow covers always grabbed my attention first.

This is one of the many early American tampons that had no insertion devices, such as the Tampax tube, a lack I think contributing to its disappearance. To me, that was the genius of Tampax (patent and history and one of the first examples).

See the tampons and instructions.

Procter & Gamble kindly donated the box and contents as part of a gift of scores of menstrual products.


Nowhere can the buyer find the number of tampons inside (10), just as with Cashay tampons! The company assures her it's an "average month's supply" (lower part of box, above).


Side of box


End flap: Tampon companies wrote "No belts, pins, pads," or variations thereof, on their boxes and in their ads for decades, addressing many women's complaints about menstrual pads. Read more of their complaints, and doctors', too, in the roughly contemporary Dickinson Report.
Below is a sample tampon. The box measure 2.25" x 0.75" x 0.75" (about 5.7 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm) and contains the same instructions the big box does (here). The remaining sides have no text.
A transparent cellophane wrapper encloses the 'pon, whereas the large box has a translucent wrapper.


See the tampons unfurled and instructions.

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