Hy-Kup Menstrual Cup


One Hy-Kup menstrual cup in an blue and white cardboard box with cellophane wrapper. Each side of the box has the Hy-Kup brand name with a white cross below. A single word -- Scientific - Sanitary - Comfortable - Odorless -- appears on each of the four sides. Inscriptions on the bottom of the box include: "Price $2.00" and the phrase "Lasts for a Year."

The Hy-Kup appears to have been first marketed in 1928. It was advertised as "scientifically correct, invented, tested and perfected for the modern woman," it "eliminates belts and pads, odor and chafing," and is "absolutely secure." Advertisements also claimed that the cup was endorsed by leading doctors and nurses. The company recruited women to serve as distributors for Hy-Kup in their communities. The cups sold for $2.00 each and were advertised to last for a year. Paul Allen Wilkey (died June, 29, 1974), of Indiana, was named as owner and distributor of Hy-Kup in his obituary.

Date Made: ca 1930sCopyright Date ("Why You Should Use A Hygienic Menstrual Cup" Hy-Kup Distributors): 1928-01-29

Collection: Reid DrugstoreMaker: Hy-Kup Distrubutors

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Indiana, Indianapolis

Subject: Women's HealthMenstruation


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Health & Medicine, Beauty and Hygiene Products: Feminine Care, Beauty and Health


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Blanche E. Reid

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0351.067Accession Number: 1984.0351Catalog Number: 1984.0351.067

Object Name: menstrual cupOther Terms: otc preparation; Patent Medicines; Drugs

Measurements: overall: 3 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 7.62 cm x 6.0325 cm x 6.0325 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-7c84-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_737768

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