See the Fibs box and an ad for Fibs - 1935-59 ads for Fibs.
See more Kotex items: First ad for the pad (1921; scroll to bottom of page)
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 |
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Asbestos |
Belts |
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Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
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Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
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Dispensers |
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Essay directory |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
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Links |
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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.

Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Fibs menstrual tampon, Kotex, about 1937, U.S.A.

A book, "Shared Values: A History of Kimberly-Clark" by Robert Spector (1997), mentions Fibs as the earliest K-C tampon by name. But it also says "The company made several stops and starts in the tampon business" (p. 67). I have evidence that Nunap and fax tampons might have been among their first stops and starts (read my argument) - and they might have been the first commercial tampons.

According to "Shared Values," Fibs was too big and bulky, did not sell well and eventually failed.

1935-59 ads for Fibs.

Each box of Fibs, the first Kotex tampon, held four packages of three tampons each (left). Look how the packaging is similar to that of fax and Nunaps.

Instructions in each box See the box and an ad for Fibs. 1935-59 ads for Fibs.
See the roughly contemporary Cashay
and Dale tampons, and very early Tampax and fax.

copyright 2006 Harry Finley