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Inventor Of Etch A Sketch Has Died

The favorite childhood toy of budding artists, Etch A Sketch

The favorite childhood toy of budding artists, Etch A Sketch

One of my favorite childhood toys was the Etch A Sketch. I spent hours trying to master the control knobs in just the right way to make the pictures I had in my head come to life. Over the years, some artists have elevated the Etch A Sketch to a high art form.

Sadly, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch, Andre Cassagnes, died on January 16 near Paris. He was 86. Cassagnes was an electrician by trade when he invented the Etch A Sketch over 50 years ago. One day, on the job, Cassagnes was installing a light-switch plate. He peeled a protective decal off the new plate, and accidentally made pencil marks on it. He noticed the marks were visible on the back of the decal. And off he ran with an new idea.

Etch A Sketch image of Paul McCartney

Etch A Sketch image of Paul McCartney

The Etch A Sketch is so popular, over 100 million have been sold. It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998. The Toy Industry Association, in 2003, named it one of the hundred best toys of the 20th century.

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About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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