Okay– it’s the holiday, Black Friday and Black Monday are coming. Do you remember the Etch A Sketch? That was a toy– let me tell you. A TV like screen, with a left and right knob that you moved to control the cursor to draw. I spent hours with that toy – learning to hand-write on the screen and to draw landscape scenes. With the advent of computers, smart phones and texting– it seems like the children today hardly know how to write with their hands. Can you imagine an eight year old investing the time to learn how to hand-write using an Etch a Sketch? According to TIME, the Etch A Sketch is the 41st of the 100 Greatest Toys.
Well the good news is, the Etch A Sketch is still alive and well, having celebrated its 55th birthday in July. It was invented by a French mechanic, Arthur Granjean and introduced at the 1959 International Toy Fair in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a total flop! The Ohio Art Co. bought it, changed the name from L’Ecran Magique” and it became one of the most popular toys of the 1960’s. The classic Etch A Sketch model costs $16.99 and is still sold by Ohio Art. Better yet – if you want to try an online version of the old toy – using the Up and Down and Right and Left Keys – Click Here!
I remember buying my girls an Etch a Sketch– and I was the one who played with it more! When my grandson reaches the right age, this is one toy that is still on my list! Given that it is Thanksgiving– I want to personally extend my thanks to Arthur Granjean and Ohio Art for the countless hours of fun and enjoyment I had over the years, playing with the Etch A Sketch.
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