I was already a teenager when I got it, so that would have been in the early 1970s. My sister had a regular Spirograph and we both loved it, so when the Super Spirograph came out, I had to get one.
It has survived many moves and a fire. The box cover disappeared long ago, so the wheels and rings and other bits sit in their plastic tray with improvised protection.
Now my son enjoys playing with it too. One day he observed, “Whoever invented this was a genius.”
Sometimes I bring out my Super Spirograph to entertain friends and family. But I’m picky about who I share it with! I don’t want to lose any pieces, for one thing. It’s not for everyone, but those who like it, like it a lot.
I don’t personally know anyone else who has an original Spirograph set. Just people I’ve met through this blog.
Since I started this site, Kahootz Toys has released new versions of the old Spirograph and Super Spirograph. Now more and more people have the chance to create cool patterns with Spirograph. You’ll find news and reviews about the new sets here.
I also talk about Wild Gears, a more grown-up (i.e. more expensive, more precise, and more complex) drawing tool like Spirograph for drawing epitrochoids and hypotrochoids (i.e. patterns), designed by Aaron Bleackley and laser-cut on demand by Ponoko. Read more about Wild Gears.
Some people have been taking Spirograph further into creative and artistic realms. I am really pleased that this blog has expanded to show their work. I hope it will inspire others to do more with Spirograph. See the Spirograph Artist Gallery.
I’ve been building a section on the technical and mathematical side of Spirograph, including charts, tables and explanations. Check out Spirograph Math.
If you have a Spirograph, or if you remember playing with one as a child, please leave a comment below.
If you have one, do you ever use it? Are you saving it for your grandchildren? Have you done anything unusual with it?
~ Heather Holm