o.b. ads
German (early 1950s) - German (1970s) - German nude (1970s) - French (1989)
Australian douche ad (ca. 1900) - Fresca douche (date ?) - Kotique douche 1974 ad - Liasan (1) ad - Liasan (2) ad - Lysol 1928 ad - Lysol 1948 ad - Marvel 1926 ad - Midol 1938 ad - Midol 1959 booklet - o.b. German (papyrus tampons) - Pristeen 1969 ad - o.b. German (nude) - Sterizol 1926 ad - Vionell spray 1970 ad (Germany) - the odor page

A British Tampax ad using nudity (1992) - And see other ads directed at teenagers.

See a Modess True or False? ad in The American Girl magazine, January 1947, and actress Carol Lynley in "How Shall I Tell My Daughter" booklet ad (1955) - Modess . . . . because ads (many dates).
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Teeve menstrual tampons, Italy, 1967 (Johnson & Johnson)

See the first page.

Tambrands kindly donated the box as part of a large gift of ancient menstrual products.

Below: Only six tampons remained in the box when Tambrands donated it to MUM - and what lousy tamponmanship! The ends are not cut at right angles and the strings aren't knotted, which causes problems shown on the next few pages that must have made the poor Italian woman yell Mama mia! Compare the sloppy craftsmanship with the even worse job on a Turkish imitation of Tampax. The irregular tampons measure about 2 x 9/16" (5.3 x 1.1 cm), the strings about 4.5" (11 cm). Blue paper that feels like American coarse brown kraft wrapping paper (although thinner) encases the cotton (?) absorbent end.
Below: Look at how the 'pons' shapes vary!

NEXT: more tampon troubles - instructions - box
See ads for Italian menstrual pads -
See also Saba Ad (Denmark) - Brevia confetti panty pads and tampons (1988, France)
Dr. White's tampons ad (United Kingdom & 1989, 3-D glasses) - Spalt-Tabletten pain pills (Germany, 1936) - Ria
panty pads with real pad (German) - see an Italian washable pad (19th century?)

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