See the fax tampon and the almost identical tampon Nunap sold probably about the same time, both probably made of Cellucotton, the component of Kotex.
See other marketing devices: Ad-design contest for menstrual products in the United Kingdom; "Your Image is Your Fortune!," Modess sales-hints booklet for stores, 1967 (U.S.A., donated by Tambrands, 1997)
See early tampoms Wix and Dale and a bunch of other earlier ones.
SEE ALSO the directory of all tampons on this site.
See some Kotex items: First ad (1921) - ad 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Lee Miller ads (first real person in amenstrual hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing disposal method - box from about 1969 - "Are you in the know?" ads (Kotex) (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
Comic strip: A conservative American family visits the (future) Museum of Menstruation
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.

Tux menstrual tampon (U.S.A., 1930s)
Box and newspaper ad (1936, at top of page)

Early tampons can surprise you. Fax had no string or applicator; Wix came in a beautiful box that could have held candy. (Later ones can too. See purple covering and blue string on a Tampax sound-a-like.)

Tux - does the name come from tuck? Tuxedo? - has sharply pointed plugs (the part that absorbs menstrual fluid) as if someone had carved them like a stick. Although the tampon looks crude - see a Turkish imitator of Tampax for crudity - they're at least all alike.

And the company had a surprising idea about advertising them!

Procter & Gamble kindly donated the box and contents as part of a gift of scores of menstrual products. A genealogy researcher generously donated the and many similar ones from early newspapers.
Look at the first ad under PERSONAL The ad comes from The Oshkosh [Wisconsin] Northwestern newspaper, p. 14, dated September 1, 1936. Note the "Kerosene operated Electrolux refrigerators" in the ad above it. I wonder how electricity figured in its operation given "Electro-."
The box measures 3 x 2.5 x 0.87" (c. 7.5 x 6.5 x 2.1 cm) and Procter & Gamble sent it to me beaten up, as shown, including the crayon (?) markings. The store Marshall Field & Company, which Macy's took over in 2006, was a famous Chicago landmark. Twenty cents for three tampons - almost seven cents a 'pon - was expensive. Other Thirties tampons in MUM cost roughly two to four cents each. The box holds no instructions - possibly lost, reflecting the condition of the box.
 See below for the other four sides.
These words betray Tux's age; women hardly knew what menstrual tampons were in the early-to-mid 1930s. Read more about the word and some odd uses before the 1930s.

NEXT: the open display box & tampons. See Dale and fax tampons,
both from about this time and a Turkish imitator of Tampax. Directory of all tampons on this site.

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