Happy Birthday to a classic... Etch A Sketch turns (with both dials) 50 years old.
The Etch A Sketch was invented in the late 1950s by Arthur Granjean, who, after being turned down by several larger toy manufacturers, sold the design to the Ohio Art Company, which began selling the toy in July 1960. The Frenchman based the Etch A Sketch on an engineer's plotting machine which uses straight lines on and X/Y axis to create schematics and designs.
It's safe to say that neither Granjean nor Ohio Art could have envisioned the toy's ever-lasting appeal or the virtuosic skill with which some artists have manipulated it.
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