Electric Drawing Sets from Lakeside (1960s)

Company: Lakeside | Release date: 1960s | Where to purchase: eBay

“An easy way for children 6 to 12 to learn to draw.”

In the 1960s, Lakeside Toys released a variety of Electric Drawing Sets to teach children how to draw. Each set provided the necessary tools (drawing paper, coloured pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser) with some drawing aids (guide sheets and a UL-approved electric drawing desk with a built-in lamp).

An 8.5-inch x 11-inch guide sheet was placed on the lighted desk and a piece of drawing paper on top of that. The light in the desk was bright enough that children could trace and sketch the shapes from each guide sheet onto the blank piece of paper while developing their coordination and creative skills.

Lakeside’s sets were typically marketed around a specific theme or licensed character. Over the years, the company released sets around The Flintstones, Barbie, Mickey Mouse, Gumby, James Bond, Liddle Kiddles, and G.I. Joe. Themed sets included Modern Design, American Heroes, Civil War, and Custom Styling for autos, boats, planes, and space vehicles.

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