Now, I have very strong memories of Crayola crayons as a child. I don’t know about you, but every year I wanted that collection of 64 crayons with the built in sharpener. There was something about the smell of the wax crayons that filled my senses and made me feel extremely creative, and that the world of imagination was in my fingers.
But not all children throughout history have been given the opportunity to explore their creativity through the help of these wax crayons. They were invented in 1903 after the company Binney & Smith realized that there was a need for safe and quality wax crayons, they developed Crayola crayons. The first box had eight crayons: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. They sold for five cents a box. Amazingly enough, a lot of the crayons were sold door to door*.
But even as early as later on in the year, they had expanded to 28 colors!
By 1905 their line had expanded to offer 18
different sized boxes with five different sizes of crayons. They marketed to artists (and sometimes referred to using their crayons as ‘painting’ with crayons), and by 1910 they were marketing to schools as well as artists.
The colors would continue to make minor adjustments in the pigment, hue, and saturation of color. Their lineups and different boxes also continued to change as they phased out different counts, leading up to their eventual production of other products and… The beloved 64 count that I loved so much. (Now I want to go buy a set…).
Did you love crayola as a kid? Which product was your favorite?