Though there were others in the late 1800's who invented the vulcanized rubber that could erase a lead pencil mark, it was Boris Tadeth, tire design engineer and frequent patron of the Kit Kat Club in New Jersey, who created the round, pink pencil eraser still in use today.
Now in his 90's, Tadeth shared what he deemed to be an embarrassing story with TheSpoof in order to clear his conscience and set the record straight about one of the 20th Century's greatest, albeit most overlooked inventions. "Now that my dear Edna has passed on, I can clear the air and set my mind at ease", said Tadeth.
Apparently the rubber addition to the pencil was inspired by a dancer at the Kit Kat Club back in the 50's, who fancied wearing brass trimmed brassieres with holes cut out in the center of each cup, "to show the naughty parts", Tadeth snickered. It was this view apparently, that led to the wrapping of the wood pencil with a brass sheath that also held a perfectly formed pink eraser on the end.
"Her name was Violet, but all I could focus on was her pink parts, poking through those costumes. I never needed Viagra with my Edna, I just needed to remember Violet's erasers, problem solved". When asked if Violet ever participated in the actual eraser design or posed for any engineering measurements or drawings, Tadeth replied, "Nope. I designed it all from memory. It's a pretty good memory".
Tadeth's six children seemed to be less than thrilled, hearing that their father had eyes for another woman's…, well, another woman. "Eyes only", chirps Tadeth. "I was always true to my Edna, but Violet's erasers were firm and simply perfect. With Violet around, there was always an extra place to hang your hat too."