A Japanese university student generously
sent me the ad, along with others, some very old,
which were part of a paper she wrote about the
history of the Japanese menstrual products
And, of course, the first Tampax AND - special
for you! - the American fax tampon,
from the early 1930s, which also came in bags.
See a Modess True or
False? ad in The American Girl magazine,
January 1947, and actress Carol
Lynley in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter"
booklet ad (1955) - Modess
. . . . because ads (many dates).
Japanese menstrual tampon Elldy with finger protection (1990s)
Below are the box, tampon and wrapper of
the Japanese Elldy
menstrual tampon, with comes with a protective covering
for the index finger to prevent its
coming into contact with the vagina
(and anything in it) when a woman
inserts the tampon. As far as I know,
this is the only tampon with a cot.
It probably is more environmentally
protective than using any
kind of applicator.
Note the use of English on part of
the wrapper for the individual
tampon (right), which puzzles
me. Do only English-speaking users
need instructions on how to open it?
Front side of tampon
box, with price tag
Part of the wrapper
around each tampon
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