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.
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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