Inventor of Etch a Sketch, Andres Cassagnes dies at 86

By Lindsay Barton,

The Ohio Art Company, manufacturer of Etch a Sketch, announced creator Andres Cassagnes died in France last month.

President Larry Killgallon issued a statement following his passing.

“Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and we will be eternally grateful to Andre for that. His invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time.”

Cassagnes came up with the idea when he was working as an electrical technician in the late 1950s, according to The Telegraph. When he peeled a translucent decal from a light switch plate and found pencil mark images transferred to the opposite face, the idea was born, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Ohio Art discovered his creation at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1959.

The grey screen of an Etch A Sketch can be wiped clean after each design by turning it upside down. It was launched in 1960 and over 100 million have been sold worldwide.

The toy exploded in popularity after being featured in the first two Toy Story films.



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