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History of crayons

More than 100 billion crayons have been produced so far. The first crayons consisted of a mixture of charcoal and oil. In the early 1900s, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. Binney’s wife, Alice, attached the French word for chalk, craie, with “ola,” from oily, to form the Crayola brand name. Their first box of Crayola crayons were sold for a nickel in 1903.

The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colors: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. By 1957, 40 new colors were introduced. Today there are more than 120 crayon colours, including Atomic Tangerine, Blizzard Blue, Mango Tango, Outrageous Orange, Laser Lemon, Screamin’ Green and Shocking Pink. Over 5 billion crayons are produced each year.

Classic 60′s Crayola Crayon television commercial

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  • Bill

    I was watching a 1959 rerun of The Rifleman. One of the actors, a young man played by none other than Dennis Hopper. Hooper said of his character, “I just went to the school to get some paper and ‘crayons’. It caught my curiosity so I went to my computer. There were no crayons in the 1800′s as the article affirms.! I discovered an error in the writing of the Rifleman, 57 years after it first ran! Good Gawd, I need a life!