See the roughly contemporary Cashay tampon, box,
instructions. (Procter & Gamble donation,
1930s?-1940s?) Tampons, box, instructions.
(Procter & Gamble donation, 2001)
And, of course, the first Tampax AND - special
for you! - the American fax tampon,
from the early 1930s, which also came in bags.
Lotus tampon, U.S.A., late 1930s-early 1940s?
Folder inside the box
I can't pinpoint the date of this
tampon but Consumer Reports of
September, 1945, evaluated its sister
product Lotus De Luxe (Fluff Style)
sanitary napkin, so Lotus existed at
that time in one form. (Lotus De Luxe
rated an "acceptable" mark along with
familiar names like Kotex and Modess.)
I suspect it existed at least in the
late 1930s because of some wording on
the folder in the box.
The box's color is close to Kotex
blue, common for the early menstrual
products, which the history of Procter
& Gamble called hospital blue; Dr.
Lillian Gilbreth didn't like it, as
to Johnson & Johnson in 1927.
The typeface almost throughout the
product looks art déco to me,
appropriate for the late 1930s.
The Procter & Gamble Company
kindly donated this box of Lotus
along with dozens of other early
American menstrual devices.
Harry Finley created the scans.
manufacturer's invitation, I did
immerse the roughly contemporary Dale tampon,
which hugely expanded like the drawing
above, but I didn't this tampon. The
unfurled folder, as above, measures
7.1" x 3.84" (about 18 x 9.75 cm).
Statements like "Lotus
Tampons do away with the embarrassment
of old ways [pads]" and "You'll
delight in the utter freedom from
belts, pins and pads. No bulges . . .
." put Dale among the early tampons in
their emphasis on the disadvantages of
pads. Many early tampons made similar
statements - no, no, you're right, not
the tampons themselves, but the people
who wrote the promotional copy.
Box - tampon & bag
the roughly contemporary Cashay and Dale tampons, and
very early Tampax
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