Hy-Kup

Hy-Kup

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Description
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 woman 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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
cup, menstrual
Other Terms
otc preparation; Patent Medicines; Drugs
date made
ca 1930s
1928-01-29
collection
Reid Drugstore
maker
Hy-Kup Distrubutors
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
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
ID Number
1984.0351.067
accession number
1984.0351
catalog number
1984.0351.067
Credit Line
Gift of Blanche E. Reid
subject
Women's Health
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Feminine Care
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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