See Kotex's first successful tampon,
Fibs; early Kotex
and an early Tampax.
(U.S.A.. 1930s-1940s?) Sanpax (the "x" is
overprinted with a "D" on the box) (Israel?
Switzerland? 1970) The instructions are
completely in Hebrew except for one word,
Nikini menstrual underpants & towel
(pad) ads, 1972/73
Women who did wear something to
absorb or contain the menstrual
flow used different strategies
A common one was to place material
between her legs - but how to hold
it there? This was a big problem
when women wore no
The 20th century saw companies
develop huge numbers of ways to
hold pads and to absorb or contain
the discharge in other ways (tampons,
belts, cups, sponges).
of various kinds were an early
solution and women can wear
special ones today, as you see
pads almost obliterated the
market for panties like the one
here, but not quite.
This company, Robinsons of
Chesterfield, also made what I
call the origami
tampon, truly a way to
prevent brain aging while sitting
on the toilet - or does it speed
the aging up?
Thanks to the donor from the
United Kingdom for the lower
panties: Modess's "Sanitary
Shield" and "Panty-kini"
from the same years.
The donor writes that the ad came
from a U.K. women's magazine
The contributor gave no date for
this scan but it seems to fit the
same 1970s era.
The arm at
left is apparently that
of the "girl's"
mother as suggested by
the hard-to-read text.
Another Nikini ad.
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