Happy Belated Birthday Etch-a-Sketch!

@moffittjc (41289)
Gainesville, Florida
July 13, 2016 6:45am CST
In all my excitement yesterday for the 40th anniversary of one of my favorite game shows of all time (Family Feud), I completely forgot that yesterday was also the 56th birthday of everyone's favorite childhood toy, the Etch-a-Sketch! So Etch-a-Sketch, Happy Belated Birthday! I remember as a child sitting for hours playing with my Etch-a-Sketch, creating one masterpiece after another, or at least trying to! Remember how much fun it was to shake the Etch-a-Sketch and erase everything on the screen? All us neighborhood kids would get together and take turns creating the funny, outrageous and often illegible art on the Etch-a-Sketch. I even remember as a teenager using it a few times to write notes to my mom or dad in the morning when I went to school, letting them know if I had basketball practice or a shift at my part-time job. My own children even had an Etch-a-Sketch when they were little, although I think they preferred computers and electronics over the toy! Did you have an Etch-a-Sketch when you were a child?
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@JohnRoberts (52375)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Jul 16
I had an Etch-a=Sketch when I was a kid and wore the thing out. Do they even still produce them in this tech age?
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jul 16
Believe it or not, they do still make them! Their popularity surged again when the Pixar Toy Story movies were released, as Buzz and Woody used an Etch-a-Sketch to help them in their adventures!
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@pgiblett (6602)
• Canada
13 Jul 16
I saw a kid with one not so long ago.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@pgiblett I was at Wal-Mart this weekend and saw them for sale in the toy department.
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• United States
13 Jul 16
@moffittjc The Etch-a-sketch was my very first computer (after the chisel and stone tablets etc. of course)! LOL Computers are the grandchildren of the beloved 'Toy'!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
I never thought of an Etch-a-Sketch quite in that manner before, but it makes perfect sense! It was a computer before computers were even invented! lol
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@JudyEv (119216)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jul 16
I never had one of these. I had a slate for a while!
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@pgiblett (6602)
• Canada
13 Jul 16
We had a blackboard.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@pgiblett I had a blackboard as well when I was really little. In the days before I got an Etch-a-Sketch!
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@pgiblett (6602)
• Canada
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc Seeing others having the Etch-a-Sketch made me think of the need for a tablet computer in the 80s when I started working in the IT industry.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jul 16
I am soooo old that we wrote messages with charred wood on the cave walls when I was a kid, but my daughter, born in 1988 definitely had an Etch-a-Sketch.
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@jstory07 (65371)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jul 16
You wrote on cave walls.
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• Eugene, Oregon
13 Jul 16
@jstory07 Hard to believe, I know...
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
I'm so old that the charred wood you used to write on the cave walls was still just a sapling growing in a field! lol
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@LadyDuck (148021)
• Switzerland
13 Jul 16
I have checked what this thing is, no I never had one, it possibly arrived in my country in the beginning of the 60, I was no more young enough for something like this.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
You can never be too old for an Etch-a-Sketch! Even adults have fun playing with them!
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@LadyDuck (148021)
• Switzerland
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc Really? May be because it was part of your child memories. I have seen (and tried) them in shops, but I did not consider it so interesting.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@LadyDuck Yes, maybe it's the sense of nostalgia that makes them still fun for me to play with as an adult.
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@Corbin5 (100342)
• United States
13 Jul 16
We sure did have a lot of fun with that Etch-a-Sketch. Some artistic folks rocked that toy!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Even though I wasn't a very good artist on that thing, we sure did have a lot of fun with them. We had one kid in our neighborhood who was an amazing artist and could create masterpieces on his Etch-a-Sketch.
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@akalinus (14611)
• United States
15 Jul 16
I have seen photos of etch-a=sketch art. They are amazing, but I can't seem to do it.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Jul 16
@akalinus It's too bad the Etch-a-Sketch doesn't have some kind of mechanism on it that lets you permanently or semi-permentantly "freeze" any artwork that is magnificent and worth keeping forever (or at least for a very long time!)
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@Susan2015 (20212)
• United States
13 Jul 16
Yes and they were a lot of fun.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Hey, they are STILL a lot of fun! You should get one and start playing with it! You'll be glad you did!
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@Marcyaz (35740)
• United States
13 Jul 16
I never had an Etch-a-Sketch but my children had them and enjoyed them. I don't know if they are still around or not. Talking about Family Feud I really enjoy watch Harvey and his antics on that show.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
The Etch-a-Sketches are still around, but they're not always easy to find. I happened to see some in our local Wal-Mart recently, but it was the first time I've seen them there in a long while.
@Marcyaz (35740)
• United States
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc That is good to know I haven't seen any in years but of course it was not something I was looking for.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@Marcyaz Watch...now that we've been talking about it, you'll probably see them all over the place now! lol
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@pgiblett (6602)
• Canada
13 Jul 16
Never had an etch-a-Sketch but I did know kids that did.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
I think growing up, every kid in my neighborhood had one!
@pgiblett (6602)
• Canada
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc I only had one friend who had one.
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• New Delhi, India
13 Jul 16
No, I didn't have the one.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
If you ever see or find one somewhere, try it out...you'll have so much fun playing with it!
• New Delhi, India
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc may be after marriage I will play with it with my children
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13 Jul 16
I had one ... it used to excite and frustrate me in equal measure!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Now that you mention it, I think it did the same for me! It was so exciting to create crazy designs on the Etch-a-Sketch, but so frustrating when you messed up, or your design didn't turn out quite like you had envisioned.
@Dena91 (4183)
• United States
13 Jul 16
One of the classic toys of my childhood. Loved it. Have a blessed day
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Definitely brings back fun childhood memories for me!
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• United States
14 Jul 16
I did and loved it, on of my best used toys
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Likewise, it was one of the toys that I owned that got played with just about every single day. Etch-a-Sketch, and Legos. My parents definitely got their money's worth out of those toys!
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• United States
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc do you remember Light Bright ? That was the second most played with toy I owned
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@enlightenedpsych2 OMG! Yes, I had a Light Bright set too! I remember spilling the little pegs all over the place, and my mom always getting mad at me because she was always stepping on them or vacuuming them up! Those pegs laying all over the floor was second only to Lego's in causing lots of stress and anger in our household (from stepping on them! lol)
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@akalinus (14611)
• United States
13 Jul 16
I did not have Etch-a-sketch as a child, but my kids did. I wasted a lot of time playing with that thing.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Those are so much fun, I wouldn't necessarily say you wasted your time! lol
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@akalinus (14611)
• United States
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc I found out that it is hard to be a great artist on an etch-a-sketch!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@akalinus Yes, it is! But some people are absolute geniuses on those things! I've seen some pretty amazing Etch-a-Sketch art in my time!
@Jessicalynnt (47790)
• Centralia, Missouri
13 Jul 16
had one, seen some great art done on one, my stuff always looked dumb!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
Some people have created some amazing art on Etch-a-Sketches! I love the talent some people have. I'm like you, my creations always left a lot to be desired.
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• Centralia, Missouri
15 Jul 16
@moffittjc you couldnt even tell what mine were! lol
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Jul 16
@Jessicalynnt I'll admit, many of my "drawings" were pretty abstract as well! But it was fun to sit down and just start turning the knobs without any real plan in mind and just seeing where your creativity took you! I ended up with some pretty cool designs that were actually nothing like what I had originally set out to draw! lol
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• United States
14 Jul 16
Yes, and I bought them for my grandsons too. They loved them.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
You can imagine the joy on my face when my kids were little and I came across an Etch-a-Sketch in the store! I don't know if I was more excited to get the toy for them, or for me to play with! But I was just glad they still made them!
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• United States
14 Jul 16
@moffittjc Lots of old toys are still being made. I bought many at Restoration Hardware store just before Christmas each year.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jul 16
@ElizabethWallace I love how people become nostalgic for old games or toys, and next thing you know they are back in style or are the latest fad/craze/sensation! Funny how things cycle back into style!
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@Butchcass4 (6015)
• United States
29 Jul 16
Yes I absolutely did and I remember having a ball doing it. Thanks for good memories. Happy belated birthday Etch-a-sketch.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Jul 16
It's always nice when we come across toys these days that can take us back to fond memories of our childhood! My boss just brought a Magic 8-Ball to work that she sets out on her conference table so we can play with it during staff meetings. I used to love the Magic 8-Ball when I was a kid!
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• United States
30 Jul 16
@moffittjc I loved it as a kid but now that I'm a Christian I won't mess around with things like that and the ouja board or horoscopes anything that would be offensive to the Lord I stay away from now. You may think I'm crazy but I try very hard to make good choices that the Lord will be pleased with me for doing. What for the sake of entertainment, not! I have a card game I play and I've been wanting to get a patent on it because nobody ever has and its one of the most aggressive games I've played. It's call "Dizzy". Have you ever heard of it?
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
30 Jul 16
@Butchcass4 I've never heard of Dizzy! Can you describe it?
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@allen0187 (32674)
• Philippines
14 Nov 16
Wore out my Etch-a-Sketch when i had one. Fun times!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Nov 16
Yes, I think I wore a few out myself when I was a child.
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@allen0187 (32674)
• Philippines
14 Nov 16
@moffittjc loads of fun with an Etch-a-Sketch! Lego is tops when it comes to my favorite childhood toys and Etch-a-Sketch is a close second.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Nov 16
@allen0187 Lego is my all-time favorite toy! And I still get to enjoy them even today as an adult, because my son plays with them now!
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@VivaLaDani13 (17773)
• Perth, Australia
11 Aug 16
@moffittjc aw man I had one! I wonder where it went. I used to play with it for hours and hours sometimes trying to draw things that was ALWAYS BLOODY SQUARE! lol Still fun though.
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Aug 16
If I had one right now, I would probably be spending hours playing with it instead of being on my laptop! lol
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• Perth, Australia
11 Aug 16
@moffittjc lol I would do the same. Although the only thing about it is if you make a little mistake when trying to draw something, you can't erase that little part muhahahaha have to shake to erase the whole picture you were drawing!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
11 Aug 16
@VivaLaDani13 Could you imagine being a great artist and creating an amazing work of art on the Etch-a-Sketch, and then right at the end when you're just about finished, you make a mistake that ruins your entire picture? That would suck balls to have that happen!
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• United States
25 Nov 16
Yes, I had an etch-a-sketch and made sure my children did too and I still played with it..
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
27 Nov 16
I remember when I bought an Etch-a-Sketch for my children when they were little...I think I played with it more than they did! lol
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• United States
28 Nov 16
@moffittjc I wouldn't be surprised, they are fun!!
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@moffittjc (41289)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Nov 16
@Carmelanirel2 There are so many toys that I bought my kids that I probably played with more than them! lol
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