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23 August 2013 @ 08:48 am
For those who are interested in seeing one, there is a circa-1970 Tassaway on ebay -- ending in two days. http://www.ebay.com/itm/390645618529 The seller put up a good close-up photo of it.

The Tassaway was the "disposable" version of the Tassette.  But users quickly figured out that Tassaways were just as sturdy as the Tassette and reused them for years.

Edited for (hopefully) better link.  Yay, I think I finally fixed it.  Should work now.

I boosted the photo:

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Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 23rd, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC)
ARGH! Oh how frustrating, I can get to it. Why won't it link from here???

Thanks, I'm working on fixing the link.
a clockwork cuttlefishcastalianspring on August 23rd, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
The link works for me. One bid already, but the auction is still up for two more days.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 23rd, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
One bid? Hahaha, I'll bet it's one of us. Someone who wants it as a piece of nostalgia for their cup collection. ;o)
a clockwork cuttlefishcastalianspring on August 23rd, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
I hope so! I'd love to see things like this in a museum somewhere (and not just one in a person's home like the menstruation museum) as part of an exhibit.
teacupcake89 on August 23rd, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
oooh! why are there sooo many rims/ridges on it though?! perhaps to make it look more like a 'flower' like the advert lol, but doesn't look like it would be comfortable to insert.
Kai: 2Cupskuradi8 on August 23rd, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
My guess is that those ridges were to hold it in place and/or fight "residual slobber."
..::bella vita::..por_que_no on August 23rd, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
"elastomeric polymer" - so it's basically made of TPE? Interesting! I thought all the old cups had been made of rubber. And yeah, that design looks pretty painful. Cool to see, though!
m03m on August 23rd, 2013 04:08 pm (UTC)
How interesting! I knew about them, but had never seen such a clear picture.
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on August 23rd, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Many of you have read this a half-dozen times already but I'll tell it again...

It must have been 1970-71 so I was 12-13 at the time. I found a Tassaway in the medicine chest.

"What's that?" I asked my mother.
"It's for periods. Do you want one?"
"EEEWWW!!!" fell from my lips before I could stop myself.
(And I always regretted that.)

Later that summer, she must have admitted to my father that she had sprung a leak because his booming voice echoed throughout the house as he bellowed, "That's because it's supposed to be DISPOSABLE! You can't reuse that thing over and over! You're putting your life in jeopardy!"

And I never saw it in the chest again. Mom went back to tampons. Sigh.

I always remembered it and wished I'd gotten one when I had the chance. I didn't until decades later. And lemme tell ya, my cups have been a GODSEND! I don't know how I would have gotten through the last few years with tampons. I've had dozens of "kiss my cup" episodes through family crises, a profuse bleeding issue, peri-menopause, etc.

I'm so grateful that this community exists for those who are curious or skeptical or having issues with the cup they've bought.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 23rd, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I love this story, and your enthusiasm.

Was your mum still with you when you found out about them again ? If so, what did she think ?
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on August 23rd, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Mom doesn't remember. And when I talked about my modern cups, she gave me the "goldfish" face that I recognize from teaching students who don't get it and never will. ;oP

Edited at 2013-08-23 11:24 pm (UTC)
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on August 24th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
I remember seeing these in my moms bathroom too, but before I really understood the whole period thing. I think i guessed itwas a period care item because it was under the sink with the rest of her supplies. I also remember something that looked like a latex Keeper...it had the same shape, was reddish in color with a stem. I thought at the time it was birth control of some sort, as it was stored in a different spot, lol, and several years after I learnt the "facts". This was 1980-ish. She has since passed away, so I can't ask, but after learning about cups, I'm even more curious.
elisamba on August 24th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Sounds like it could have maybe been a Foldene? http://menstrualcupinfo.wordpress.com/history-of-menstrual-cups/
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on August 24th, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
They think the Foldene was from the 1930's-40s, so I doubt it was.

I could have sworn that there was another cup in the mid-late 1970s. It was bucket-shaped with a square bottom, thin terra-cotta colored walls, with a loop and a string instead of a stem. But I can't find any reference to it anywhere.

Could I have imagined it??? (This has bothered me for years...)
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on August 25th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Definitely not 30-40's, lol, that's before her time, and knowing my grandmother, not her style. Tera cotta describes the color perfectly, but it had a hollow stem, I think.
juliiie87juliiie87 on August 25th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
A Keeper then ?
Nanci Karvonen WillitsNanci Karvonen Willits on August 25th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Probably, if they were around in the US, in the late 70's, early 80's. I just wish I had been aware of cups since that time. I've only been using it for a year, and since I'm in my mid 40's, I'll not be able to enjoy it as long as I might have!
Luceafaraluceafara on August 24th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
A piece of history! The ridges make it look a bit like a torture device, but it's so exciting to finally see such a good picture of a vintage one!
okwaho_okaraokwaho_okara on August 24th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!!
moira_fiona53 on October 17th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yesterday my daughter and I were discussing menstrual cups and I was telling her about Tassaways I used in college. So I began my online search, which led me here. Silly me but seeing a photo was like finding an old friend.
I used Tassaways for a couple of years and then was unable to find them. I always felt they were way ahead of the times and most likely women in general weren't ready. I loved them!!!
They were easy to use, you never knew it was there.
I noticed a few people have mentioned due to the sealing ridges they look like an instrument of torture :) Quite the contrary, these little fins were very soft and flexible, they formed not one seal but four.
I can tell this is a used one (as represented) for two reasons... first, the color lightened after use and second the ridge along the top is 'ruffled'.
These were disposable. I can't imagine anyone using one twice, let alone for years. Primarily because being soft, once worn the seal would never work as well.
It's really a shame these were discontinued, they were wonderful.
I joined live blog just to post here. As one old enough to have used the Tassaway.
Kai: 50IsntOldkuradi8 on October 17th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Tassaways
Well, there are now over 30 brands of cups, plus knock-offs and generics. http://sizecharts.livejournal.com/ gives an idea of the range of sizes and capacities. Links to photos show the variety of shapes.

Pass the word to daughters, grand daughters, nieces and anyone else with whom the subject comes up. Word of mouth by enthusiastic cup users is the only way friends and family find out about these wonderful little gizmos. :o)