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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Etch A Sketch

On July 12, we celebrate the 55th birthday of the Etch A Sketch.  Everyone has played with an Etch A Sketch at least once in their lives.  It's such a great toy!  Create a design or write a secret message to a friend, then shake it and everything vanishes.   

Etch A Sketch was first created by a French electrician named, Andre Cassagnes in the 1950's.  The toy's name in France is the "Telecran" because it came out around the same time as the television and both had a screen and two knobs, the images were black and white and the screens could be cleared of images.  It's still sold under that name today in France.

In early 1960, Cassagnes brought the toy to the United States and began working with the Ohio Art Company to produce it.  The original name it was going to be sold under in the U.S. was Magic Screen, but somehow it got change to the name Etch A Sketch.  I'm glad it did because I think that is a catchier name.  Since it's introduction, more than 150 MILLION Etch A Sketches have been sold around the world. 

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