Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch was launched in the United States in 1960 by The Ohio Art Company.

It is a thick, flat gray screen in a plastic frame. There are two knobs on the front of the frame in the lower corners. Twisting the knobs moves a stylus that displaces aluminum powder on the back of the screen, leaving a solid line. The knobs create lineographic images. The left control moves the stylus horizontally, and the right one moves it vertically.


  1. I keep a small etch-a-sketch in the drawer in the coffee table, and it's fun to see how many people will play with it... and what they're able to draw :)

  2. I absolutely love how Buddy the Elf used his Etch a Sketch. He made lists of all the fun things he was going to do with his dad, did a Mona Lisa, and left a goodbye note.

    Thanks for the great post. Though I'm sure I saw that commercial as a kid growing up, I did not remember it! Fun stuff!!!


  3. I had an Etch a Sketch in the early 80s. But I don't ever remember seeing a blue one, only red ones!