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.
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