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Is this the first Tampax menstrual tampon? (U.S.A., about 1931-33)


From the tip of the cotton plug (left) to the end of the second tube the 'pon measures 4.75" (12 cm) long. The two-tube design was Dr. Haas's great invention - the Sunday London Times named him one of the "1000 Makers of the Twentieth Century," in 1969 - enabling women to insert the tampon without their fingers touching their "parts," to use the word in the instructions. Roughly contemporary tampons had no applicator, like fax and Wix. Tampax Inc. bought the Wix company in the 1930s but I haven't been able to find a trace of fax other than what a wonderful woman sent me in the 1990s. I once offered $500 for anyone who could find fax ads in newspapers or elsewhere; no one could - if they had tried at all, since I heard from not one soul.
Note how this differs from the EZO tampon, probably also from the 30s. Note the similarity with Sta-Pacs tampon.
The string stretches 4.125" (10.5 cm). The plug (the directions call it a pack) is 1.75" (4.5 cm) x 0.48" (1.2 cm) with the irregular tip being 0.56" (0.75 cm) at its widest.
Dr. Haas made "Tampax" from the words "tampon" and "vaginal pack," liked the sound of Kotex and thought it important for the name to be memorable for marketing purposes.
The smaller tube is 0.44" (1.2 cm) in diameter, the larger maybe 0.01" more, too small to measure with my ruler. Everything is white, 70+ years seemingly making no difference - except for a brown mark on the margin near the string, which might be an intentional adhesive, since I had trouble pushing the plunger to get the plug out. If so, pity the woman who would have tried to use it! But maybe age affected it. This was the second tampon I tried; the plug on the first one would not come out. The same thing happened with the EZO tampon - ironically.
All images copyright 2005 Harry Finley

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