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2003/62/1 Sanitary tampons, opened packet, 'Meds', manufactured fibre / paper / cellophane, made by Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1970. Click to enlarge.

Packet of ‘Meds’ tampons

Made by Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd in New South Wales, Australia, c.1970.

Menstruation is an important and inevitable part of women’s lives from menarche to menopause. Since the 19th century commercial manufacturers have tapped into the lucrative market for the paraphernalia of menstruation. Napkins, both disposable and washable, and belts to support them were amongst the first products commercially produced. Tampons for internal use followed some time later. The American company Johnson & Johnson first manufactured Meds in the 1930s and by 1941 they were available in...

Summary

Object No.

2003/62/1

Object Statement

Sanitary tampons, opened packet, 'Meds', manufactured fibre / paper / cellophane, made by Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1970

Physical Description

The cardboard box in which the 'Meds' are packed is mainly pink, with white and blue text which reads in part: 'Meds by Modess / 10 Super Absorbent Tampons / Meds tampons / Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd / Sydney'. The box originally contained ten tampons, but five now remain, each individually wrapped in cellophane. There is also a small paper instruction leaflet. 'Meds' are absorbent, disposable tampons worn internally as a sponge for discharge during menstruation.

Marks

Number on interior of box, stamped in brown '6' or '9'

Dimensions

Height

53 mm

Depth

33 mm

Production

Notes

The tampons were made by Johnson & Johnson Pty Ltd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

History

Notes

The packet of Meds were amongst the effects of East Lindfield (Sydney) woman who was born around 1920 and died in 2000. They were donated to the Powerhouse Museum by the woman's daughter-in-law, who remembers a conversation with her mother-in-law about this particular packet of Meds that took place in around 1971.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs Anne Hicks, 2003

Acquisition Date

22 April 2003

Cite this Object

Harvard

Packet of 'Meds' tampons 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2019, <https://ma.as/12141>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/12141 |title=Packet of 'Meds' tampons |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=15 October 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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