[Surfnetkids: 5 July 2006] Etch-A-Sketch

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1. Introduction
2. Sponsor’s Spot: 100 Recipe Secrets
3. Weekly Topic: Etch-A-Sketch ®
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management

#1. July 5, 2006

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

I hope all my American readers enjoyed their Independence Day celebrations. This was the first time I’ve been out of the country on the 4th of July. More on my adventures next week.


Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

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#3. Etch-A-Sketch ®

by Barbara J. Feldman

Etch-A-Sketch ® Printable (** for premium members only)

In the late 1950’s, Arthur Granjean, a French inventor, created a drawing toy in his garage workshop he called L’Ecran Magique (The Magic Screen.) In 1959, he took his toy to the International Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany, where he sold it to the The Ohio Art Company. The Magic Screen was renamed the Etch-A-Sketch ® , and in 1960 Ohio Art started advertising it on television. It was an immediate hit, and remains a classic still enjoyed by kids today.

Etched in Time
On a family vacation to Washington D.C., when George Vlosich III was ten-years old, he drew his first Etch-A-Sketch ® of the U.S. Capitol building. Since then, his sketching has brought him fame (he’s been invited to the White House and been featured on hundreds of news channels) and fortune (some of his Etch-A-Sketches ® have fetched thousands of dollars.) Visit to view his gallery and to learn how George creates an Etch-A-Sketch ® masterpiece.

Etchy is an online, virtual Etch-A-Sketch ® where you can create a drawing and submit it for posting in the gallery. Artwork is checked before it is published, so don’t expect your picture to show up immediately. But once it does, you can let your friends know about it by sending an email announcement with a link to your gallery page. “Go on, confuse and worry someone you care about. Fill in the details below and send (a link to) this image to a friend.”

Inventor of the Week: Arthur Granjean
“Given a generation of children who take computer graphics for granted, the Etch-A-Sketch ® may seem outmoded. But its appeal is that it is challenging as well as fun. Creating curves by manipulating both knobs at once is a true test of coordination.” Invention Dimension (from Lemelson-MIT) honors the inventor of the Etch-A-Sketch ® with this one-page history. Other inventors can browsed by subject or alphabetically.

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#5. Note from a Reader

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Dale Van Eck
Manager Education Partnerships
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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#6. Quote of the Week

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ~~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) German poet

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