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.
All tampon on this site
Some early commercial tampons
Ads for the Kotex stick tampon (U.S.A., 1970s) - a Japanese stick tampon from the 1970s.
Rely tampon - Meds tampon (Modess)
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:

MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
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 |
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, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
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 |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Two dealers' cartons of Wix menstrual tampons, 1930s-1940s?, U.S.A.
Larger carton

Wix was one of the first American commercial tampons, appearing in the early 1930s. Tampax bought the company (and Holly-Pax) later in the decade but it still produced tampons. Like many early tampons, Wix had no insertion device, something that Tampax developed and patented.

Dealers received these cartons; they sold the enclosed boxes of tampons and gave away the brochures. Early on, some interesting saleswomen inducted potential customers into the mysteries of tampons with this chart.

Women could buy Wix in the 1934 Sears, Roebuck catalog (here), two years before Tampax came on the broad market.

Below: Front of the carton, which held one dozen boxes of 12 tampons each (embossed version, at top).
It measures 9 x 6 x 3" (23.5 x 15.3 x 7.5 cm).
The bottom is blank with just the color of the cardboard. The boxes of tampons inside
look like this embossed version (at top) and the brochures inside are here.
Below: The two long sides.
Below: The ends are identical.
NEXT: A dealer's carton of SMALL boxes of Wix - See the Wix tampon, instructions, patent, The Fascinating Story of Wix (and another version) and store instruction sheet.
Tampon directory

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