History of Tampons
The ancient Egyptians invented the
first disposable tampons made from softened papyrus. The ancient Greeks
invented tampons made from lint wrapped around a small piece of wood, recorded
in writing by Hippocrates in the fifth century B.C. Other materials used
for the first tampons have included: wool, paper, vegetable fibers, sponges,
grass, and later cotton.
In 1929, the modern tampon (with
applicator) was first invented and patented by Doctor Earle Haas who wanted
to invent a tampon that could be effectively mass produced. Earle Haas
filed for his first tampon patent on November 19, 1931. His patent description
was for a "catamenial device," derived from the Greek word for monthly.
He later trademarked Tampax as the brandname for his tampon product.
Gertrude Tendrich founded the Tampax
company for the mass production of tampons after buying the patent and
trademark rights from Earle Haas.
Tampon Patent (Dr. Earle Haas) #1,926,900
Tampax enjoys its fame from having
sold the first tampon with an applicator (1936), patented by Dr.
Earle Haas of Denver, Colorado.
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"Welcome this new day for womanhood,''
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