Other dispensers: Kotex (1920s-1930s) (1960s?) - Modess (1960s?) - Kotex dispenser offer (flyer, 1968)
The museum has many dispensers not on this site.
See a very early Tampax ad (1936) - a very early Tampax box and contents - more early commercial tampons
See more Tampax items: American ad from August 1965 - nudity in an ad: May 1992 (United Kingdom) - a sign advertising Tampax during World War II - the original patent - an instruction sheet from the 1930s
The influential Dickinson Report (1945) - Early commercial tampons
Ad Aug 1965 - actress Susan Dey ad, 1970 - gymnast Mary Lou Retton ad, 1986 - ad "Are you sure I'll still be a virgin?" Feb. 1990 - ad (British, nude) 1992 - Tampax sign (World War II) - ad, British, 1994 (the thong advantage)
Australian douche ad (ca. 1900) - Fresca douche (date ?) - Kotique douche 1974 ad - Liasan (1) ad - Liasan (2) ad - Lysol 1928 ad - Lysol 1948 ad - Marvel 1926 ad - Midol 1938 ad - Midol 1959 booklet - o.b. German (papyrus tampons) - Pristeen 1969 ad - o.b. German (nude) - Sterizol 1926 ad - Vionell spray 1970 ad (Germany) - the odor page

A British Tampax ad using nudity (1992) - And see other ads directed at teenagers.

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:
homepage | MUM 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.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Menstrual tampon dispenser (tampong skåpet, or tampon cabinet)
for the home, made of beechwood (Sweden, contemporary)

Swedish design rears its beautiful head in this beech dispenser meant for your house, displaying objects concealed by most people. But these are Swedes, who designed a panty pad for thongs and showed a woman wearing a menstrual-pad belt in an ad.

One of the designers, Maria Kreutz, kindly gave this example to the museum.

DesignTorget in Stockholm sells it, and if this museum had a gift shop, I think she could sell thousands here. Read below to order it from Ms. Kreutz.

Note that only tampons without applicators will fit the 2 1/8" (5.3 cm) wide space and they must be smaller than 5/8" (1.5 cm) in diameter to pass through the hole. But what self-respecting Swede would use tampons with applicators? And I think only Americans who used applicatorless tampons would display one.

I confess the tampon-shape "windows" also look like sperm to me - but that's my clouded, narrow male mind for you!

There is nothing attached for mounting the box, but that could be done with Velcro. The back, or wall side, is bare wood and smells good, hard to effect with plastic or metal.

Order it from Maria Kreutz! (As of 2000)
Maria Kreutz, Västra Rönneholmsvägen 50C, S-21741 Malmo, Sweden or e-mail her: mariakreutz@hotmail.com
The price for the painted ones (red or white at the moment) is $49 or £33.
They are also available unpainted for $45 or £30 (the most popular, actually).
It costs about $9 or £6 to send it by mail.
The delivery time will be approximately one week.

The dispenser (skåpet is cabinet in Swedish)
15 11/16" high, 2 13/16" wide,
1 1/16" thick (ca. 39.75, 7.2, 2.6 cm)
 Smaller picture, below, to fit your screen



Load the tampons from the top.
The available space is 2 1/8" (5.3 cm) wide.

Push the tampon out with your finger through the hole on either side; gravity drops the next tampon into firing position. That's your MUM's finger, by the way. (No, no, at left!)

A tampon peeking out one of the two side holes (each 5/8" - 1.5 cm - in diameter), ready to meet its fate. 
The package label, below. 
The label reads,
tampon cabinet in beech (-wood)

pernilla giorgi
maria kreutz
[the latter sent this museum the dispenser]
Gee, the red period - I wonder what that is.

Other dispensers: Kotex (1920s-1930s) (1960s?) - Modess (1960s?) - Kotex dispenser offer (flyer, 1968)
The museum has many dispensers not on this site.

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