See the roughly contemporary Cashay tampon, box,
instructions. (Procter & Gamble donation,
1930s?-1940s?) Tampons, box, instructions.
(Procter & Gamble donation, 2001)
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).
Lotus tampon, U.S.A., late 1930s-early 1940s?
Box with tampons
I can't pinpoint the date of this
tampon but Consumer Reports of
September, 1945, evaluated its sister
product Lotus De Luxe (Fluff Style)
sanitary napkin, so Lotus existed at
that time in one form. (Lotus De Luxe
rated an "acceptable" mark along with
familiar names like Kotex and Modess.)
I suspect it existed at least in the
late 1930s because of some wording on
the folder in the box.
The box's color is close to Kotex
blue, common for the early menstrual
products, which the history of Procter
& Gamble called hospital blue; Dr.
Lillian Gilbreth didn't like it, as
to Johnson & Johnson in 1927.
The typeface almost throughout the
product looks art déco to me,
appropriate for the late 1930s.
The Procter & Gamble Company
kindly donated this tampon along
with dozens of other early American
Harry Finley created the scans.
The box measure 4" x 2.63" x 0.75"
(about 10.2 x 6.6" x 2 cm) .
Like Kimberly-Clark, which
invented Kotex menstrual pads and
Kleenex, this manufacturer made a
the roughly contemporary Cashay and Dale tampons, and
very early Tampax
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