This Colours brand condom was manufactured by Circle Rubber U.S.A. Incorporated of Newark, New Jersey during the late 20th century (around 1980). The multi-colored box cover features a silhouette of a man and woman holding hands. The box indicates that it contains “one micro thin prophylactic lubricated.” The reverse side of the box has black text on a white background that reads “Circle Rubber Brand Latex Condoms, when properly used, are highly effective against pregnancy—although no contraceptive can guarantee 100% effectiveness. Any use of Circle Rubber Brand Latex Condoms for other than vaginal intercourse can increase the risk of damage to the condom. Circle Rubber Brand Latex Condoms when properly used, may help reduce the rise of catching or spreading many Sexually Transmitted Diseases (“STDs”) such as syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia infections, genital herpes, and AIDS, however, it cannot eliminate the risk. For maximum benefits, it is important to read the instructions for us, printed inside the package.”

Colours condoms were often sold through vending machines. Throughout the twentieth century, vending machines provided an easy way to discreetly distribute condoms.

Date Made: ca 1980s

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New Jersey, Newark

Subject: Birth Control/ContraceptionSexually Transmitted DiseasesSex


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0416.026Catalog Number: 1989.0416.026Accession Number: 1989.0416

Object Name: Condomcontraceptive, condom, noveltyOther Terms: Condom; Contraceptive Devices

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 2 1/8 in x 1 1/2 in x 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 3.81 cm x .635 cm


Record Id: nmah_688130

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