|An "Etch A Sketch " is for sale at FAO Schwarz in New York City on March 22, 2012. AFP/TIMOTHY A. CLARY
Andre Cassagnes, the French inventor of the Etch A Sketch, a toy beloved of children around the world, has died at the age of 86.
His death in France in mid-January was announced by the Ohio Art Company which has been making the Etch a Sketch since 1960, according to media reports.
The Etch A Sketch, a grey screen with bold red frame, allows the user to draw a picture using a stylus under the grey screen controlled by two round buttons - and then erase the image by turning the device upside down and shaking it.
It has sold more than 100 million copies around the world.