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Moderne Women, early tampon for menstruation, cellulose in cotton gauze, early 1930s?
The Sealtex Company, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
(Is it the International Cellucotton Products Co., aka Kimberly-Clark, in disguise?)

You're looking at one of the first commercial tampons - maybe the first - in the U.S.A. and probably the world.

But if you looked at Nunap and fax tampons (compare fax and Moderne Women instructions) you'd also be looking at perhaps the first tampon: they might be the same tampon under different names and from different manufacturers - or all from the maker of Kotex. A neat puzzle!

As you'll see, this tampon is made of cellulose, probably Cellucotton, which Kimberly-Clark made for its Kotex. I suspect K-C decided to try Cellucotton in a tampon. And the company is SealTEX; K-C also made KleenEX.

But I believe it seems to have failed maybe because of the lousy "string" - and because it lacked an insertion device (the genius of Tampax that this maker added in a later version known as Kotams) which forced Americans to stick their fingers into their vaginas, something probably few relished. (But Europeans have done that from almost the beginning - but so did Americans, both undoubtedly to avoid violating the Tampax patent; Tampax entered the European market in the 1930s.)

Note the pretentious spelling of modern, probably a way to make it seem more sophisticated and fashionable by making it seem oh so French. Those French! Those Americans!

This might be the most cheerful box for menstrual products in its first several decades (it's hard to top this one from 1991). The yellow and blue reflect the sun and water in the beautiful Swedish flag. Hm, there were a lot of immigrant Swedes in the upper Midwest, probably in Chicago, Kotex's stomping ground. . . .

And the addresses for Moderne Woman, Nunap and fax tampons are all within 9-15 minutes driving distance of each other - today, anyway, as was at least one Chicago Kotex pad address in 1922.

The plot thickens.

I thank Procter & Gamble for donating this box!

Below: The cardboard box measures 3.25 x 2.5 x 1.13" (8.5 x 6.3 x 2.8 cm).
I believe "deodorizes" means that its internal position keeps the menstrual discharge away from the air and therefore your nose rather than suggesting that there's a chemical that kills the menstrual odor, which is nowhere mentioned. But it wouldn't have been the first time - nor the last - a company did not list an ingredient.
"Modern Woman's Best Friend" appears in an ad for fax tampon, strengthening the notion that the same people and or company were behind these products (and Nunap) - probably Kimberly-Clark, later in the guise of the International Cellucotton Products Co. But read further for more proof.
Below: The same pictures are on the fax and Nunaps boxes.
"Why fax is absolutely safe" appears on the fax box. Things are adding up.
Below: The facing sides and ends are identical so I show only one of each.

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