See more Tampax items: 1938 ads, U.S.A., the Netherlands - "Are you sure I'll still be a virgin?" ad (Feb. 1990) - August 1965 ad (U.S.A.) - a sign advertising Tampax during World War II - the original patent - an instruction sheet from the 1930s - and some other early commercial tampons
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The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton and Tampax menstrual tampons

Like Cathy Rigby a gymnast, but a more successful one - as a matter of fact, she was the first American to win the all-around gymnastics title in the Olympics, scoring perfect scores, 10s, in the vault and floor exercise in 1984 - Mary Lou Retton, like Rigby, married a football player, earned a lot of money in advertising, and made some movies, entertaining ones, but not about bulimia, which afflicted the older woman. And she chose tampons to advertise, whereas Rigby picked pads.

NEXT famous woman - Lee Miller - Susan Dey - Carol Lynley - Mary Lou Retton - Cathy Rigby - Cybill Shepherd - Cheryl Tiegs & Ali McGraw - Brenda Vaccaro

Many pictures, long download!


From March 1986


Retton mastering the vault at the Olympics; she got a perfect score, 10, which she also got in the floor exercises. Photo by Jerry Cooke from the 24-31 December 1984 double issue of Sports Illustrated (below, right)


13 August 1984


24-31 December 1984 (double issue)

NEXT famous woman - Lee Miller - Susan Dey - Carol Lynley - Cathy Rigby - Cybill Shepherd - Cheryl Tiegs & Ali McGraw - Brenda Vaccaro

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