See early tampons
and a list of tampon
on this site - at least the ones I've cataloged.
Secret menstrual tampons (1930s-1940s?,
The tampons have an antiseptic film, or so
claims the instructions, something that would be
thought potentially harmful today.
Procter & Gamble kindly donated the box
and contents as part of a gift of scores of
The tampons appear to
be made of cellulose, are very hard
(maybe from age), and are covered with
(that's the white "dust" on the black
background, my scanner, above) - which
might be the antiseptic film mentioned
in the instructions.
They measure 2.25" (about 6 cm) long,
0.6" (1.4 cm) in diameter and the
string is 5.75" (14.5 cm) long. The lower tampon
shows how the string comes wrapped,
right from the package, below.
The box holds two translucent
packages, now very fragile, above, of
five tampons each. Look how they