Vintage Etch-A-Sketch and other old-school toys from Ohio Arts

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Remember these Etch-A-Sketch and other vintage toys from Ohio Arts

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The first vintage Etch-A-Sketch toy was introduced on July 12, 1960. It was a big seller from early on, and over the years, Ohio Art made several other creative, artistic toys — such as those shown below.

After so many successful years, though, in 2016, the good ol’ Etch-A-Sketch and Doodle Sketch brands were sold to the company Spin Master.

Vintage Etch-A-Sketch: 50 million moms can’t be wrong (1970s)

Moms know, nothing draws out creativity like the Etch A Sketch magic screen. The power of imagination. To explore. To discover. To accomplish. To think.

Remember? It’s that one toy you would never use the same way twice, and it seemed to last forever. Open their world with the Etch a Sketch magic screen. It’s one of the nicest childhood memories anyone can have.

Vintage Etch a Sketch ad


Retro ’70s Etch-A-Sketch toys: It’s new and different every day (1973)

Ohio Art’s world-famous drawing toy

As new as the day. As different as your dreams. Etch A Sketch will change right along with your mood…because it draws on your imagination. Just by turning the knobs, you can create countless drawings and designs.

To erase, turn Etch A Sketch upside down and shake. The picture magically disappears. No matter how often you use it, there is always something new to make. Etch A Sketch… it’s new and different every day.

Vintage Etch-A-Sketch (1973)


Vintage Etch-A-Sketch can make a horse fly! (1987)

Etch A Sketch: It takes a kid’s imagination as far as it wants to go.

Etch A Sketch - 1987



Make a doodle diddle!

Sketch A Doodle: Creativity comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Sketch A Doodle from Ohio Arts


Make a squiggle wiggle

Kaleid A Sketch: Now the fun of a kaleidoscope and the creativity of drawing come together.

Kaleid A Sketch toy from Ohio Arts


Make a twirl swirl

Twirl O Paint: Kids pick the colors, spin the art, and create an original every time.

Vintage Twirl O Paint toy

Ohio Art – The world of toys – Making creativity fun

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Vintage Ohio Art Toys Give Happiness: Including the Etch-a-Sketch

Through hour after hour after hour of play. Naturally, a parent wonders why this is so, and we’d like to tell you.

Ohio Art toys are designed to involve the child. Each has a built-in challenge with a reward in direct ratio to active participation.

Each is appropriate within the range of ability. This makes a happy experience of play — time after time. Isn’t that what you want from toys for your children?

Ohio Art Toys Give Happiness


Here are three ads for toys from Ohio Art — the company that made Etch A Sketch famous — which ran in advance of the Christmas season in 1967.
Old-fashioned Etch A Sketch toys (1967)

Favorite drawing toy of the century! Just turn the magic knobs to create thousands of designs and sketches on teh magic Etch A Sketch screen. Shake to erase and start all over again. Just like magic! No paper. No pencils. No crayons. No mess. No fuss. Etch A Sketch is instant fun (even for grown-ups) wherever you are — at home, in plane or car.

Start the show! Musical TV in color / Spudsie, the hot potato game / Bizzy Buzz Buzz / World’s most fascinating work bench

Old-fashioned Etch A Sketch toys - Ohio Arts 1967 (1)


Vintage Etch-A-Sketch: There’s nothing more challenging…

More appealing to all ages… more creative… more entertaining, original, educational, travel-perfect, relaxing, timeless in value, intriguing, more ideally perfect as a gift.

Old-fashioned Etch A Sketch toys - Ohio Arts 1967 (2)


Little folks love ’em! (and so will you)

Ohio Art knows the secret of pleasing children… with fresh, exciting toys that stay exciting.

Toys they turn to again and again. Beautifully designed. Sturdy. Colorful plastic. Every one a work of art. Thrifty prices, too!

Old-fashioned Etch A Sketch toys - Ohio Arts 1967 (3)


New Generation: Vintage Etch a Sketch electronic toy from 1987

New Generation: Vintage Etch a Sketch electronic toy from 1987

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