|An Etch-A-Sketch is a developing game. It presents itself an air tight closed box, which is closed from the top with a glass. Inside the box there is aluminum powder and a metallic cursor on two axes, the acute end of which is pressed to the glass. The control with the cursor is made with the help of two handles, movable horizontally and vertically. During movement with the cursor on the screen, covered with the adhered aluminum powder, the picture appears in the form of dark lines on the silver background (on account of the erasable powder from the glass). “Discard” games are presented by shaking (or turning over) the screen, after which the aluminum powder totally covers the previous picture.
The game was created by Arthur Grandzyan in the middle of the 20th century (he named it as L'Ecran Magique in French, a magical screen). Successively the rights of the game were sold to the company Ohio Art, which named it in English as Etch A Sketch. In 1960 the game was released in massive production. Especially the game gained popularity in the USA.
The game appeared in the 1980s in Eastern Europe as the name “Magical Screen”. The production was done without the right from the franchisor.
After personal computers became widely used the game essentially decreased in popularity .