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Tampax Junior menstrual tampon, 1939-40, U.S.A., (page 1) with the contemporary Regular (1938) and Super (1939) tampons

Tampax, the first tampon with an applicator (early 1930s; read a short history), and the first really successful tampon, expanded its offering by introducing the less absorbent Junior tampon and more absorbent Super 'pon in 1939, according to Small Wonder: How Tambrands began, prospered and grew, the company's commissioned history published in the mid-1980s.

On this page you'll find the Super and Junior from 1939 and a Regular from 1938. The following pages show the Junior from one year later; that box was already open and I avoided opening the 1939 container, which has the same box features.

On the junior box you'll find "for the waning days," which brought a laugh from a woman co-worker in the Pentagon.

In 1997 Tambrands, the then-maker of Tampax, gave these boxes to this museum as part of an amazing gift of 450 boxes of tampons dating to the founding of the second Tampax company, 1936, plus hundreds of other items.

Below: This might be the first Junior Tampax, which debuted in 1939. All box pencil markings come from Tampax people, probably in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The box measures 5" x 2 1/2" x 1" (12.8 x 6.5 x 2.5 cm).
 Below: For the Regular we get a measurement of, um, lessee, 5" x 3 1/8" x 5/8" (13 x 7.9 x 1.7 cm).
Below: Finally, the Super measures 5 1/8" x 3 3/8" x 1 3/8" (13 x 8.5 x 3.3 cm). You can barely see them but the pencil markings read "1-9-40" at top right and "12-4-39-Lot 15" above the words Super Tampax.

Next page: box of Junior Tampax - Junior tampon - Junior instructions and advertising insert
See a very early Tampax ad (1936) - a very early Tampax box and contents - more early commercial tampons

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