MUSEUM OF MENSTRUATION AND WOMEN'S
menstrual tampons (1944-1955?, U.S.A.,
International Cellucotton Products Co.,
maker of Kotex menstrual pads, panties, belts, educational booklets),
of this version of Kotams.
Procter & Gamble for
donating the box!
End | box instructions
(4 3/4" [12.1 cm] long) right out
of the box.
vertical thing about
halfway across the 'pon is a band the user
pulls to split the
cellophane encasing the tampon in
two parts so
she can throw it away before
inserting Kotams (see the instructions).
I took the smaller, rear tube off
to show the cotton (?) net that
as a string
to pull the tampon out of the
The tampon disassembled. The instructions
refer to the safety grip
At bottom, the plug, the
absorbing end, measures about 2 x
1/2" (at the fat end) (5.3 x 1.3
net, which stretches a
bit, is a little less than 3"
(about 7.5 cm)
long beyond that small knob on the
end of the plug.
I can't imagine women liked the hard,
glued-together end of the net -
it feels like BROKEN GLASS -
must have scraped
and poked their
you-know-whats. I suspect the
company thought it
was an improvement over the unglued net
of its predecessors Moderne Woman, fax
tube (top) measures 2 3/4
x 9/16" (6.9 x 1.4 cm),
tube 3 x 1/2" (7.5 x 1.3
I pulled part of the net away from
the plug, which has the
characteristic texture of Cellucotton.
A net that served as a string also
enclosed the company's first and
Moderne Woman, fax
& Nunap from
the 1930s, which might have
existed before Tampax.
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