Do you remember the Etch A Sketch? It has been referred to as the “world’s first laptop” and I certainly remember mine.
Bright red, with two dials. Turn them each or turn them together and draw lines across the screen. Turn them in the perfect combination and you get a diagonal. Hours of fun. Technology of the 60’s!
The Etch A Sketch was so popular it has been named among the most popular toys of the 20th century, and I’m not surprised. I’m guessing that at some point, every child of the 60’s crossed paths with an Etch A Sketch.
Sadly, the inventor of this wildly successful toy died last month in a suburb of Paris. Andre Cassagnes was a French electrician who invented the toy after noticing how pencil marks transferred to a decal he pulled from a switch plate.
As often happens with inventions, it seems, the patent was incorrectly attributed to another, but Andre Cassagnes was the actual inventor, and Ohio Art (the Etch A Sketch company) proudly gives him the credit. (They bought the rights from him in 1959 for $25,000.)
Enjoy these samples of Etch A Sketch Masterpieces!