The “Etch a Sketch” inventor: André Cassagnes

Today for “Patents world” we talk about André Cassagnes, the man who invented legendary toy: the “Etch a sketch”, herald of the modern tablets. We present a video through which The Ohio Art Company and the Toy & Game Inventors Conference (TAGIE) honor him and his timeless invention.

André Cassagnes was born in 1926 outside Paris. As a young man, started to work in a factory as electrical technician, and in the late 1950s, while installing a light-switch plate, he peeled the translucent protective label off the new plate, and happened to make some inscriptions on it in pencil. He noticed that the marks became visible on the reverse side of the decal. This is the origin of the idea of inventing a drawing toy.  (more…)