See the same tampon but as sold in the Netherlands as Ortex
Gold and in Japan under another name, Anshin.
Cameo origami menstrual tampon (Japan,
1971) (the same as Ortex in the Netherlands
and later, Anshin in Japan)
Box & tampon
The Japanese tampons on this site surprise you by their originality,
maybe partly in order to avoid patent conflicts with Tampax and other applicator
I suspect this might be an early Japanese tampon because of the English
writing (and Caucasian models) and because the Japanese seem to much prefer
But this is actually a British tampon - Cameo
- adapted to the Japanese market just as the packaging for Tampax has been
changed for markets outside the U.S.A. I thank a Dutch contributor
for pointing this out and sending proof (read his comments),
which I add here. But the tampon also appeared later under another name
in Japan, Anshin (gift from Tambrands) - a menstrual
melodrama (or something) - and as Ortex Gold Soft
in The Netherlands! I'll show proof of all these claims.
We know how talented the Japanese are folding paper into interesting
shapes - origami - and the user of Anshin got plenty of practice doing this.
It would have helped if she read the instructions
Another Japanese tampon came with finger cots.
Read some comments about the Japanese Elldy tampon.
In 1997 Tambrands gave the box to this museum as part of an amazing gift of 450 boxes of tampons dating to the founding
of the second Tampax company, 1936, plus hundreds of other items. And thanks
to a Dutch contributor for pointing out the British connection and sending
Below: The six sides of the box. The box
measures 3 3/4 x 3 /1/8 x 1 1/2" (95 x 85 x 36 mm).
Below: the tampon in its blue wrapper,
which hides an intricate system for inserting the tampon, shown here.
The tampon is the same as the Anshin, below, and Ortex Gold. See
the unusual applicator and the drill the tampon
user had to complete before she inserted the 'pon. The markings on the box
stem from hands at the Tambrands company, former maker of Tampax.
and ad (in English for the home product)
See the Anshin
and Ortex Gold tampons, identical to these but in
different packaging for different countries.
Japanese tampon with finger cots - Shampon Young Japanese
stick tampons - ad for Elldy tampon with
applicator (October 1996) - Kotex stick tampon
(U.S.A.) - ad for the Kotex stick tampon (1970s)
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