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).
Second part of the 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
According to "Shared Values," Fibs
was too big and bulky, did not sell
well and eventually failed.
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
copyright 2006 Harry Finley