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Inventor of Etch A Sketch Dies at 86: Are You a Fan of the Toy?

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Andrew Cassagnes, the inventor Etch A Sketch, died on January 16 in France. He was 86 years old.

According to The Ohio Art Company, which produces the beloved toy, “In the late 1950's, Andre Cassagnes, an electrician in France, stumbled upon the idea of creating a drawing toy with a joystick, glass and aluminum powder. Cassagnes called this early concept, the ‘Telecran,’ which, through relationships with key business partners, made its way to [Henry Simon] Winzeler. Winzeler connected Cassagnes with Jerry Burger, Chief Engineer at the Ohio Art Company, so they could collaborate and perfect the system. The system they developed in the late 1950s is the same system that is at the core of the Etch A Sketch® today.”

The first Etch A Sketch rolled off the factory line in 1960 and more than 50 years later the toy remains relevant. Since its creation, over 150 million Etch A Sketches have been sold and the toy is now available in color as well as on mobile phones and tablet computers. The Etch A Sketch made appearances in Pixar’s “Toy Story” movies, it has been inducted into the national Toy Hall of Fame, and who could forget the much-publicized gaffe in the 2012 presidential campaign when a Mitt Romney aide likened the candidate’s views to the toy’s ability to wipe the slate clean and start over.

So, what about you SodaHeads? Are you fans of the Etch A Sketch?

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  • The Big Taboo [AKA Phuck No... 2013/02/06 05:14:25
    Yes
    The Big Taboo [AKA Phuck Norris]
    Who doesn't love Etch-a-Sketch???
  • kelsieilesha 2013/02/06 01:28:50
    Yes
    kelsieilesha
    I had two of them growing up.
    One of the usual red ones, and then a purple/green one that made noises when you twisted the knobs.
    It was awesome...
  • MercuryZero (v.2) 2013/02/05 18:01:26
    Yes
    MercuryZero (v.2)
    That was my childhood...

    etch a sketch funny
  • kat 2013/02/05 07:54:03
    Yes
    kat
    Although, I could never master anything more complicated than a square house with stick people, it was fun trying.
  • lurx: the soda jerk 2013/02/05 07:50:15
    Yes
    lurx: the soda jerk
  • Kyra 2013/02/05 07:44:14
    Yes
    Kyra
  • Lunaseven 2013/02/05 07:25:29
    Yes
    Lunaseven
    I had one myself in my childhood also my older brother owned one as well I used to play with it for hours.R.I.P
  • MassiveSinger 2013/02/05 02:47:45
    Yes
    MassiveSinger
    Before people used tablets and programs like Adobe Photoshop, they would use Etch A Sketch. It was a lot of fun!
  • Nicole 2013/02/05 02:16:20
    Yes
    Nicole
    I had two and my brother had one I loved drawing in it for hours. Aww that was childhood a simpler time a fun time....R.I.P to the creator for making a wonderful toy. May he rest in Etch a sketch heaven.
  • Alexis82 2013/02/04 21:07:19
    Yes
    Alexis82
    +2
    It was the beginning of these 'tablets'.
  • Keely T.B. 2013/02/04 20:45:25
  • Nat Turner 2013/02/04 20:02:38
    Yes
    Nat Turner
    +2
    That is a wholesome toy! It will make your kids use their imagination.
  • Jan Haskell 2013/02/04 19:17:47
    Yes
    Jan Haskell
    +2
    It was a fun way to pass the time.
  • Buoyant Leadraft 2013/02/04 18:52:34
    No
    Buoyant Leadraft
    I WAS NEVER GOOD AT IT!
  • moonglum 2013/02/04 18:25:01
    Yes
    moonglum
    +1
    i liked my etch a sketch
  • FireDoesn'tLie 2013/02/04 17:27:55
    Yes
    FireDoesn'tLie
    +1
    Thought I haven't played it in years
  • kent 2013/02/04 17:21:08
    Yes
    kent
    +2
    The original laptop! Reboots wiht an upside down shake, and never ever got a virus attack!
  • Haruko.Haruhara 2013/02/04 17:13:45
    Yes
    Haruko.Haruhara
    +2
    Woo yeah, I still have one.

    Damn but it's not here!!!
  • ThyCitizen 2013/02/04 16:21:46
    Yes
    ThyCitizen
    +2
    Have not played with one in a long time but they are lots of fun.
  • ClassyJessie 2013/02/04 15:44:40
    No
    ClassyJessie
    +1
    Sorry to say it but I'm an artist and the thing frustrated me coz it was so hard to draw a circle and when you finally did it made this creepy scratching sound...yuk...an upgraded version with color and shape options would be great!
  • kent ClassyJ... 2013/02/04 17:23:44
    kent
    +5
    As a fellow artist, I have to say that personally, I loved it, and it taught me how to be creative even within limitations, and how to use those limitations artistically.
  • Papillon 2013/02/04 15:42:33
  • harley oldman 2013/02/04 15:39:48
    Yes
    harley oldman
    +1
    YEP...!
  • Black_Rose 2013/02/04 14:37:26
    Yes
    Black_Rose
    +5
    I'm still baffled at how people can create such amazing artwork with the etch-a-sketch. I could barely make stairs...

    Etch a Sketch Art

    etch a sketch
  • kent Black_Rose 2013/02/04 17:28:38
    kent
    +3
    It's a lot easier than you might imagine...they don't use the internal stylus and the knobs...they use a hand held stylus on the outside of the screen that takes the static out of in the areas they want to put a line or shading. The graphite inside sticks to the plastic screen by electro magnetic forces caused by static electricity when you shake it.
  • Black_Rose kent 2013/02/05 13:36:41
    Black_Rose
    +1
    Oh wow, I didn't know that. Thanks :)
  • Professor Wizard 2013/02/04 14:20:22
    Yes
    Professor Wizard
    +1
    I still am... I got one for my grand kids.
  • DavidHouse 2013/02/04 14:02:58
    Yes
    DavidHouse
    +3
    Etch A Sketch was one of my first toys and I believe it sparked my interest in the arts and graphic design.
  • All American 2013/02/04 13:44:25
    Yes
    All American
    +2
    Etch A Sketch belongs in the toy hall of fame along with the slinky, frisby, hula hoop and lincoln logs.
  • carlbrown4 2013/02/04 13:17:56
    Yes
    carlbrown4
    +2
    I was just thinking about it a few days ago and I couldn't remember what it was called I use to play with it as a kid but my pictures never came out so go they wasn't even considered a picture and the day I watch you story I got so jealous when woody drew on the itch and sketch
  • skowcog 2013/02/04 13:12:40
    Yes
    skowcog
    +2
    I still love it and I am 52. Something about feels a little like magic.
  • Silverlocust 2013/02/04 12:47:30
    Yes
    Silverlocust
    +3
    Oh no, God has turned him over and given him a shake.
  • SezMichael 2013/02/04 12:10:48
    Yes
    SezMichael
    +3
    I got pretty good with mine. Just hated that hours of work could wiped out with a single shake though.
  • supercar55 2013/02/04 11:28:36
  • Mike 2013/02/04 11:14:35
    No
    Mike
    never really could get into it!
  • OzSurfer 2013/02/04 10:11:37
    No
    OzSurfer
    +1
    It used to drive me crazy trying to draw even a circle, I realised art wasn't my skill
  • supercar55 OzSurfer 2013/02/04 11:31:13
  • OzSurfer supercar55 2013/02/04 11:45:44
    OzSurfer
    +1
    Haha yes, I tried inventive ways to get both knobs to turn and make a perfect circle, was obsessed, luckily my sister broke it or I'd still be trying.
  • supercar55 OzSurfer 2013/02/04 12:00:08
  • karzzyman 2013/02/04 08:50:53
    Yes
    karzzyman
    +4
    Any member off the human race has been what toy that would keep my minds stimulated for hours. Hey LOOK NO BATTERIES

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