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Nunap and fax: the first Kotex menstrual tampons? (early-to-mid 1930s, U.S.A.)
The tampons

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The Procter & Gamble company generously donated the Nunap box to the museum as part of a larger gift; and a woman living near Chicago, who wanted to remain anonymous, gave the museum the fax box as well as many other early tampon items.
NEXT: instructions, introduction


Above: Each Nunap box held two of these translucent packages of five tampons each.


Above: The fax box contained two of these packages, paper folded over, on which the user read the instructions (readable view).


The ends of the tampons look similar.


I peeled part of the gauze covering off the Nunap. Pads of the time often had a similar gauze covering that women complained about and mentioned in the Gilbreth report.


Nunap is a bit longer. The user pulled on the loose gauze at the bottom to withdraw the tampon. The gauze "string" on the fax is about 4 cm. ( about 1.5") long (about the length of Nunap's), much shorter than the usual string of today.
Below: After taking the gauze off, both 'pons look similar, leading me to believe that fax in fact is also made of Cellucotton (cellulose), the absorbing component of Kotex and made by Cellucotton Products Company, which Kimberly-Clark created to sell Kotex. In effect they are little Kotex pads inserted into the vagina.
What convinces me is the crepe-like material in both tampons; "Shared Values: A History of Kimberly-Clark" (by Robert Spector, 1997) refers to the "creped wadding material that went into Kotex pads" (p. 67). Cellucotton also comprised another K-C product, Kleenex. And see creped wadding in the K-C company history, Four Men and a Machine.


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