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All about crayons…

Two Shoes Tuesday prompt today is


The only crayons I have heard of or seen
(or what my ditsy brain remembers)
is Crayola Crayons.

Crayola Crayons have a 99% recognition among U.S. households.
Makes sense to me.
Have you heard of another crayon brand?

In 1903, Alice Binney, wife of the company founder’s son, Edwin, named the crayons Crayola.
The name is derived from the French word for chalk, craie, and ola for oleaginous.
This was when the first box of eight was introduced.
In 1904, the company won a Gold Medal at the St Louis World’s Expo.


The Binney folks were founding members of the
Crayon, Watercolor, and Craft Institute
to promote product safety in art materials in 1936.
Yay, them!

1948 saw them start teacher workshops and in-school training
to show the many ways Crayola products can be used..
Smart peeps

The box of 48 with stadium seating is unveiled in 1949.
Crayola_1st_No48_open1956 and the 64 color assortment with built-in sharpener
was on store shelves

and in 1993 the 96 crayon box was for sale.

Box of crayons

The 100 billionth crayon was produced in 1998.
A 2001 poll found that blue is the favorite color.
Just plain old blue.

Child Magazine named the Crayola Crayon Maker.
the Best Toy of the Year in 2002.
Now kids could melt the “leftolas”  and make new crayons.
This was also the year the
Twistable and Erasable Crayons were introduced.

Happy100th Birthday Crayola Crayons!

Not only does the company make kids, teachers, babysitters and parents
happy they are also making environmentalists happy.
In 2010 with two partner companies they opened Phase 1
of a Solar Farm.
The Solar Farm produces enough energy to make
1 billion crayons and reduces greenhouse gas
by 3,800 tons per year.
You rule Crayola!

If you really want some crayons then this is the box for you
512px-Crayola-Tower-Pack150 crayons for your coloring pleasure.

And that ends my post using the prompt crayon.

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21 thoughts on “All about crayons…

  1. This is great. I knew zip about crayons, just that even now in my old age, I’m mesmerized by how many colors line that famous, familiar box. The pictures too are great. Makes ya want to color.

    1. I have just learned from fellow blogger Josie Two Shoes that there are coloring books for adults. I am going to find one and have some fun. Maybe you too?

    1. Really had to edit what I wrote. There is so many interesting things about the Crayola company. They make a lot of art supplies and toys and have won numerous awards and care for the environment.

  2. Great job on the research on the crayon, Patricia. I have lots of memories of getting a new box to start the school season, but one girl always had a bigger box than mine. I have them on hand for my grandson.

    1. There is always a spoiled kid who has the newer bigger better whatever. Hopefully, she shared with you. What a good grandmom. Do you color with him?

  3. Holy Moly. That’s a lot of crayons. Thanks for the backstory, Patricia. Mighty interesting. I didn’t know anything about Crayola Crayons and you’re right. I have never heard of any other brand of crayons. 😀 😀 ❤

    1. There was much more about the company that was so interesting. There web site was filled with facts. It was hard to keep the post a reasonable length.

  4. I love Crayons. They have so many memories associated.
    In India, we have different ones & not Crayola!
    Nice to read, Patricia 🙂

    1. No Crayolas?! Hard for me to imagine. Happy that there are crayons though. Every kid should have a box of colorful crayons.

  5. I LOVE my crayons. Preschool teachers and crayons go together. I loved when the Twistables came out. Thank you for all the information. I was especially interested to learn about the positive impact Crayola has on the environment. In fact, the Crayola factory in Easton, PA is about 1 1/2 hour drive from my home. I’ve heard it is a fantastic tour.

    1. The company has been pro active in environmental issues since the beginning…way before it was politically correct. It would be fun to tour the factory. They have a crayon that is 23 feet long on display! Bet it is a fun field trip for schools around there.

  6. Yay Patricia! That was absolutely fascinating, all of it! I learned a lot and was smiling all the way through! I think we all love a bright box of crayons, and now I’m thinking I just might need one of those mega assortments and new book. I bet I could get Papa Bear to color a page too! Thank you for a really fun response to the prompt! 🙂

    1. It was interesting to read about the Binney and Smith Co. They were innovators and concerned about the environment from the beginning and have won many awards. Their Web site is very interesting. Be sure to post what you and Papa Bear color!

      1. I remember when Crayola boxes said Binney and Smith, and I think it’s awesome that they have always been an environmentally friendly company, that’s rare, especially back then! Amazon has many wonderful adult color books, some much like the photo on my blog post which let you get really creative! I’m going to order some, and new crayons, post yours for us to enjoy too! Maybe we can start a new “coloring therapy” trend, it’s so relaxing!

        1. Thanks for telling me about Amazon having the books…is there anything Amazon doesn’t have? We can have a “Color and Show Day”!

  7. Well, we had Crayola crayons growing up in London all those years ago. They are still available here in NZ and I thought they were the only ones. But there is another brand – Honeysticks ( Interesting to note how little things change over the years.

    1. I would have to say Crayola is a success story. If you mention crayons most people see the Crayola box in there mind. Are Honeysticks as good?

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