One of my favorite toys as a child of the 1980’s was the Etch a Sketch for the simple reason that now I could use my creative talents to draw some amazing art. Thinking back the art I made was anything but amazing but it was the idea of creating amazing things that sparked a generation of kids.
Using two knobs located on the Etch a Sketch you can control the stylus and create a wide array of imagining. Achieving these images comes from displacing the aluminum powder on the back of the screen leaving a solid line. The left control moves the line horizontally, the right one vertical and moved together you can do diagonal lines.
The Etch A Sketch was invented by Andre Cassagnes in the late 1950’s and first made its appearance in The International Toy Fair in Nuremberg in Germany. The United States initially had no interest in the Etch a Sketch but eventually, Ohio Art picked up the idea came just in time for the 1960’s Christmas time.
The original Etch a Sketch went on to be a big hit spawning multiple spin-off products such as Etch a Sketch Animator and Etch a Sketch Animator 2000. Both products improved on the original idea with adding things such as adding multiple colors, game cartridges and produce a color copy of the things drawn.