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Etch a Sketch

A mechanical drawing toy.

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A Quick Tip by TheJohn

  • Sep 25, 2010
It's hard to try and get this thing going without jostling it and erasing part of your picture.
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Quick Tip by . March 21, 2011
This was a very popular toy when I was growing up but damn it I couldn't draw a blasted thing with it. I had the artistic aptitude of a flea. This is a toy that has stood the test of time and it continues to be made today.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
You knew you were pro when you could do circles.
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Etch A Sketch is a registered trademark for a mechanical drawing toy manufactured by the Ohio Art Company.

An Etch A Sketch 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.

The Etch A Sketch was introduced near the peak of the Baby Boom, and is one of the best known toys of that generation. In 2003, the Toy Industry Association named Etch A Sketch to its Century of Toys List, a roll call commemorating the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century. It remains popular to this day.
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