See early tampons Dale,
Wix and B-ettes and a bunch of other
See a Modess pad ad
from 1928 - Compare the American "Modess . . . . because"
ads, the French
Modess, and the German "Freedom"
(Kimberly-Clark) for teens.
See a San-Nap-Pak
ad from 1945 in American Girl, the Girl Scout
magazine, and a box of San-Nap-Pak tampons
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).
Lil-lets menstrual tampons (South Africa,
Women can buy Lil-lets in many
countries, just like Tampax. But it
has no insertion device, just like the
first commercial tampons (Wix, for
example), and many later ones (Tampax
's claim to fame is the invention of
In 1997 Tambrands gave the box to
this museum as part of an amazing gift
of 450 boxes of tampons dating to
the founding of the Tampax company,
1936, plus hundreds of other items.
See the instructions.
See an ad for the U.K. mini
version, 1976-77 & ad for U.K.
The other side of the
box duplicates this side, except that
the English word "tampons" replaces
the Afrikaans "tamponne."
Manufacturers have long
linked flowers with their menstrual
products (for example, here),
probably to make them seem "dainty"
and "feminine," in the sense of being
delicate, good-smelling, etc., in
other words qualities few people
associate with menstruating. Compare
that to the colors and beautiful
clouds, etc., often seen printed on
toilet-paper wrapping, especially in
Using a reddish color on menstrual
packaging as it is above is rare in
the U.S.A., where one's thoughts would
be turned to higher things - flowers,
The diameter of the
tampon is 0.5", about 1.25 cm.
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