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Etch a Sketch

As a kid, I spent hours creating my best art on my personal Etch a Sketch. If I had created a particularly great masterpiece I wouldn’t shake the Etch a Sketch. I would place it gently on a desk for display. That lasted about an hour before my brother found it and shook it as hard as he could putting it back as he had found it minus my master piece.

I don’t have an Etch a Sketch in our house but I have the next best thing. It’s the online Etch a Sketch. You can draw a picture. Afterwards, it can be sent to a friend and added to the online gallery which has around 3400 pictures for your browsing pleasure. The best thing is that it is little brother safety proof.

Etch a Sketch was invented by a Frenchman, Arthur Granjean.

The technical basis of the toy was developed in the late 1950s by the Frenchman Arthur Granjean. Granjean displayed his prototype, which he had built in his basement and called “L’Ecran Magique” (“The Magic Screen”), at the 1959 International Toy Exhibition in Nuremburg, Germany. There, executives of the Ohio Art Company saw the potential of the device, and acquired the rights to develop and produce it.

Quote found on: Inventor of the Week:Archive (Interesting article with lots of information)

I never became famous for my Etch a Sketch masterpieces but George Vlosich III did. George Vlosich III is known around the world for his Etch a Sketch talent. He has a wonderful website that displays his real works of art that he created on an Etch a Sketch. The name of his website is Etched in Time which you can find at gvetchedintime.com.

I found a video of George Vlosich in action on youtube.com. He is good!

See for the first time Etch A Sketch artist George Vlosich creating his one of a kind artwork. This five hour etch of LeBron James is sped up so that you can see every line he makes and step he takes to create a unique piece of pop art.


More interesting tidbits on Etch a Sketch:

How does an Etch a Sketch work?

Official Ohio Art Etch a Sketch website

Wikipedia entry

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  • expatraveler September 5, 2007, 7:41 pm

    very cool stuff! I much prefer wasting my time on flickr but that is just me, photography vs sketching. ;-)

  • Pumpkin September 6, 2007, 5:42 am

    I prefer Flickr, too. However, my kids don’t. While they like looking at pictures they prefer the Etch a Sketch. We had alot of fun playing with it together. :)

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