Mystery Object #11

What do the Westport Historical Society, Main Street and zits have in common?

From the mid-1960s through the ’80s, the Vacutex Blackhead Extractor was manufactured by the Ballco Products Company. Run by Karl Eweson and his wife Ulla Eweson, located at the rear of 191 Main Street, the mail-order business sold a tool that claimed to “remove any blackhead if used accordingly.”

The Blackhead Extractor was the most recent Historical Society “mystery object.” Part of their ongoing “Westport in 100 Objects” exhibit, every 2 weeks they display something new. If you stop in and identify it, you can win something from the gift shop.

No one knew what the Blackhead Extractor was.

Dermatologists throughout Westport rejoice.

2 responses to “Mystery Object #11

  1. I wonder what the Vacutex did with the blackheads it removed? Actually, I don’t want to know. This reminds me of all the wonderfully kooky stuff we used to see in the back of comic books. Like: “10000 army men for 1 dollar”, “Sea Monkeys” , Spy Pen Radios” and, of course, every boy’s fantasy, “X ray glasses”. Good times.

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    eewwwww! 😂