See the Fibs box and an ad for Fibs. 1935-59 ads for Fibs.
See more Kotex items: First ad for the pad (1921; scroll to bottom of page) - pad ad, 1928 (Sears and Roebuck catalog) - Lee Miller pad ads (first real person in a menstrual hygiene ad, 1928) - Marjorie May's Twelfth Birthday (booklet for girls, 1928, Australian edition; there are many links here to Kotex items) - Preparing for Womanhood (1920s, booklet for girls; Australian edition) - 1920s booklet in Spanish showing pad disposal method - box from about 1969 - "Are you in the know?" ads for pads (1949)(1953)(1964)(booklet, 1956) - See more ads on the Ads for Teenagers main page
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).
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
homepage | MUM address & What does MUM mean? | e-mail the museum | privacy on this site | who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! | the art of menstruation | artists (non-menstrual) | asbestos | belts | bidets | founder bio | Bly, Nellie | MUM board | books: menstruation and menopause (and reviews) | cats | company booklets for girls (mostly) directory | contraception and religion | costumes | menstrual cups | cup usage | dispensers | douches, pain, sprays | essay directory | extraction | facts-of-life booklets for girls | famous women in menstrual hygiene ads | FAQ | founder/director biography | gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux | humor | huts | links | masturbation | media coverage of MUM | menarche booklets for girls and parents | miscellaneous | museum future | Norwegian menstruation exhibit | odor | olor | pad directory | patent medicine | poetry directory | products, current | puberty booklets for girls and parents | religion | Religión y menstruación | your remedies for menstrual discomfort | menstrual products safety | science | Seguridad de productos para la menstruación | shame | slapping, menstrual | sponges | synchrony | tampon directory | early tampons | teen ads directory | tour of the former museum (video) | underpants & panties directory | videos, films directory | Words and expressions about menstruation | Would you stop menstruating if you could? | What did women do about menstruation in the past? | washable pads
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

Instructions for the "first" Kotex menstrual tampon, Fibs, about 1937, U.S.A.

A book, "Shared Values: A History of Kimberly-Clark" by Robert Spector (1997), mentions Fibs as the earliest K-C tampon by name. But it also says "The company made several stops and starts in the tampon business" (p. 67). I have evidence that Nunap and fax tampons might have been among their first stops and starts (read my argument) - and they might have been the first commercial tampons.

According to "Shared Values," Fibs was too big and bulky, did not sell well and eventually failed.

Other half of the instructions
Fibs tampon, box and an ad for Fibs. 1935-59 ads for Fibs.
See the roughly contemporary Cashay
and Dale tampons, and very early Tampax and fax.

copyright 2006 Harry Finley