with finger cots
See a real American douche set from the 1920s.
See also Australian douche ad
(ca. 1900) - Fresca
douche powder (U.S.A.) (date ?) - Kotique douche liquid
ad, 1974 (U.S.A.) - Liasan
(1) genital wash ad, 1980s (Germany) - Liasan (2) genital wash
ad, 1980s (Germany) - Lysol
douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Lysol douche liquid ad,
1948 (U.S.A.) - Marvel
douche liquid ad, 1928 (U.S.A.) - Midol menstrual pain
pill ad, 1938 (U.S.A.) - Midol
booklet (selections), 1959 (U.S.A.) - Mum deodorant cream ad,
1926 (U.S.A.) - Myzone
menstrual pain pill, 1952 (Australia) - Pristeen genital spray
ad, 1969 (U.S.A.) - Spalt
pain tablets, 1936 (Germany) - Sterizol douche liquid
ad, 1926 (U.S.A.) - Vionell
genital spray ad, 1970, with Cheryl Tiegs
(Germany) - Zonite
douche ad, 1928 (U.S.A.)
Vaginal hygiene in
The Intimate Side of a
Woman's Life, by Leona W. Chalmers
(1937, Pioneer Publications, Inc., Radio City,
New York), with photo of American bulb syringe
from the 1960s or 1970s.
MENSTRUATION AND WOMEN'S HEALTH
TamPak menstrual tampons, no
applicator, Turkey, 1973
tampon imitates Tampax
This box from Turkey seems intended
to imitate Tampax, starting with the
color. (Look at the Tampax box,
below.) Someone, probably from
Tambrands, wrote on the white label. Do you see the line
under the letter K, pointing out the
difference between the real and fake
Tampax? I'd bet the Tampax
lawyers saw it too.
But the big difference is what's
inside: tampons with no applicators!
Tampax famously made the first tampon
with an applicator (see the patent
history plus a very early Tampax). But
TamPak does have an applicator.
I think the capitalization of the
letter P, plus the K for the X, were
intended to fend off lawsuits, at the
same time leading the buyer astray.
The typeface of the name reminds me
typefaces of the 1920s
through the Nazi era. The Germans had helped
Turkey romanize its Arabic writing
after World War I; this might be an
effect of that.
Nowhere do you find patent
information - if there is any.
around this time also imitated
American films, including
Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz; see
a Turkish poster for the
The box measures 4.625" x 2" x
0.625" (11 x 5.2 x 1.6 cm).
Tambrands kindly donated the box
as part of a large
gift from its archives.
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