London: The inventor of Etch a Sketch, Andre Cassagnes has died at the age of 86.
The Ohio Art Company, manufacturer of the red plastic toy, which creates erasable drawings by twisting two white dials, said that Cassagnes died in France last month, 53 years after his invention was launched to worldwide success.
According to the Telegraph, Larry Killgallon, the company’s president, said that “Etch A Sketch has brought much success to the Ohio Art Company, and they will be eternally grateful to Andre for that.
He said that ‘his invention brought joy to so many over such a long period of time’.
Cassagnes came up with the idea behind the Etch A Sketch in the late 1950s while he was working as an electrical technician.
His creation was spotted by Ohio Art at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1959.
The toy, whose grey screen can be wiped clean after each artwork by turning the toy upside down, was launched in 1960 and more than 100 million have been sold worldwide, the report said.
According to the report, Etch A Sketches were made in Ohio, where Ohio Art is based, until 2000, when the company moved production to China because of increasing costs. (ANI)