In the late 1950's, Andre Cassagnes, an electrician in France, stumbled upon the idea of creating a drawing toy with a joystick, glass and aluminum powder. Cassagnes called this early concept, the "Telecran," which, through relationships with key business partners, made its way to Winzeler. Winzeler connected Cassagnes with Jerry Burger, Chief Engineer at the Ohio Art Company, so they could collaborate and perfect the system. The system they developed in the late 1950s is the same system that is at the core of the Etch A Sketch® today.
Also in the 1950's, W.C. Killgallon joined the Ohio Art Company. Today the Ohio Art Company is still operated by the Killgallon family.
Today, Etch A Sketch®, which recently marked its 50th anniversary, continues to be a cornerstone brand for the Ohio Art Company. In addition to Etch A Sketch®, Ohio Art proudly markets specialty toys including K's Kids®, a series of toys specially developed for babies and toddlers; nanoblock®, the world's smallest building block system which was recently named Best Toy of the Year Award at the ASTRA trade show in 2011; and CLICS®, a colorful single block construction system for preschoolers that lets them use their imagination to create anything from animals to vehicles.Ohio Art has come a long way since the early 1900s, but metal lithography remains a core part of our business today. Ohio Art is one of the leading producers of specialty lithographic components serving a diverse customer base including Disney, Starbucks, Altoids and Coca-Cola. Ohio Art is committed to developing innovative toys that encourage creativity and learning while providing hours of enjoyment, encouraging self expression and promoting positive development.