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It was created by Arthur Granjean. See arthur-granjean. Granjean originally called it "L'Ecran Magique" ("the magic screen").

It was licensed by H.W. Winzeler and released as Etch A Sketch in 1960.

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André Cassagnes, an electrician at Lincrusta Company, conceived of the idea of a mechanical drawing toy using aluminum powder in a sealed case. (Lincrusta used aluminum powder as a raw material in its manufacturing process, so Cassagnes was familiar with its properties and could readily obtain it). He filed a patent application on the concept in 1957. He also submitted the concept to an inventors' competition in 1957, where it was well-received. This encouraged him to seek a manufacturer who could produce the toy. He was directed to Paul Chaze, the owner of a plastic injection molding company named MAI.

Chaze agreed to fund development of the device as well as helping Cassagnes to officially register his patent. Chaze instructed his accountant, Arthur Granjean, to prepare, file and pay for the patent on the "tracing device". The patent application was submitted 28 May 1959, without Cassagnes' knowledge and under Granjean's name. MAI produced some prototypes and then licensed the design to a French company, Joustra, which produced it under the name "Telecran" (the name that Cassagnes used for the toy) and paid Cassagnes a royalty. It was an immediate success in France, where it is still sold under that name.

Through a long series of connections, the toy came to the attention of H. W. Winzeler, president of Ohio Art Company. In 1960, Chaze traveled to Ohio to sell the North and South American rights to the invention to Ohio Art. In 1965, Chaze and Winzeler met with Cassagnes. Cassagnes agreed, reluctantly, to relinquish all rights to the invention, and all future royalties (except in France), for the sum of $10,000.

Over the course of the next 18 years, Ohio Art paid over $1 million in royalties to Chaze.

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The concept was invented by André Cassagnes in 1957. The toy was introduced by a company called Joustra in France in 1959, under the name "Telecran" (which is what it is still called in France, today). Ohio Art Company bought the license to market it in North and South America and started manufacturing the "Etch-A-Sketch" in 1960.

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He did not. André Cassagnes invented the Etch A Sketch.

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Andre Cassagnes dies at 86; Etch A Sketch inventor: A French electrician, Cassagnes invented the drawing toy in Paris in the late 1950s. When an Ohio firm introduced it in 1960, it became a hit, ranked one of the top 100 toys of the century.Published February 02, 2013byValerie J. Nelson, writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Andre Cassagnes died died Jan. 16, 2013 "in a Paris suburb, the Toy Industry Assn. announced." "Since he couldn't afford to pay for a patent, he borrowed money from an investor who sent his treasurer, Arthur Granjean, to complete the paperwork. But Granjean's name ended up on the patent, helping to obscure Cassagnes' role. When the New York-based National Toy Hall of Fame inducted Etch A Sketch in 1998, it wrongly listed Granjean as the toy's creator.

An official history on Ohio Art's website gives Cassagnes credit for the invention."



SEE also this text which quotes two source documents from the Ohio Art Company (see bottom half of the page):


"During 1957-58 time frame, after deciding upon a satisfactory design, Cassagnes sought advice on potential manufacturers of his concept. He initially presented his proposal to Nion Company, a plastic injection molder, located in his hometown of Vitry. Philippe Mayer, who later became involved in distributing the Telecran Drawing Toy and, who introduced Bill and Susan Killgallon to André Cassagnes in June, 2006, coincidently worked for Nion Company.Nion Company management had no interest in producing the drawing toy concept for Cassagnes, but did refer him to Paul Chaze, owner of another smaller plastic injection molding company named MAI. This company produced automatic cigarette rolling devices and was also conveniently located. MAI produced the initial tracing device samples.Paul Chaze agreed to invest in and produce the initial tooling as well as agreeing to loan Cassagnes the funds to officially register his patent. Not being familiar with legal matters, Cassagnes permitted Chaze to prepare and send the paperwork on 5/28/59 to the French Ministre De L’Industrie. Unbeknown to Cassagnes at the time, Chaze instructed his accountant, Arthur Grandjean, to file and pay for the “tracing device” patent, which is why Grandjean’s name appears on the French #1,242,370 and U.S. #3,055,113 “Letters Patent” certificates.Grandjean soon thereafter assigned the French patent rights to Paul Chaze, who proceeded to arrange for the manufacture, marketing and licensing of the drawing toy."

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In the usually accurate book;( A Toy is born) The credit is given a now-deceased Frenchman, one Paul Chaze. Etch-a-sketch is a registered trademark of Ohio Art.

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French electrician André Cassagnes invented the toy around 1957. It was first marketed in Europe in 1959 as L'Ecran Magique(The Magic Screen).

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in the 1500s by a man named Geotizis Bastkolitz.

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Etch A Sketch was invented in the late 1950's and was first sold in 1960.

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The Etch sketch was invented in the late 1950s by Andre Cassagnes.

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