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Made In America: Crayola Crayons

Made In America: Crayola Crayons
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The Crayons Everyone Loves Were American Born

Crayola Crayons have been a part of our first day of school memories for over 100 years now. I wonder how many of today’s children know that distinctive smell of Crayola crayons on the first day of school. I wonder if it’s just us baby boomers that have that treasured scent indelibly etched in our memories forever? The fact that Crayola crayons are made in America just makes my American pride swell just a little bigger.

Frankly, I’m tempted to satisfy my ‘inner child’ and splurge on a coloring book and crayons! Shhh…don’t tell anyone!

Crayola Crayons Are A Pop Culture Icon Today

Over the years, Crayola has expanded into producing thousands of products that just spell fun for everyone. I was amazed when I took a closer look at everything Crayola does produce.

Crayola’s history is an interesting journey into the past. From it’s early start as “oily chalk” to their enormous current product lines today, Crayola has been a treasured part of our childhoods.

Do you have good memories of coloring with Crayola Crayons at home or school?
Crayola’s Manufacturing Facilities Are Located In:

Forks Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Mexico City, Mexico

Crayola Has A Rich, Interesting History

Two cousins, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith founded the original company in New York City in 1885. It was called Binney & Smith back then. They started out making colorants and pigments for barn paints and tires.

Edwin Binney and his wife Alice, developed the wax crayon in 1903. Mrs. Binney coined the name “Crayola” from “craie”, French for “chalk,” and “ola” for “oleaginous”, or “oily.” Aren’t you glad the name ‘oily chalk’ didn’t catch on?

Much later…in 1958 Crayola introduced the 64-color pack that had the first crayon sharpener built into the box. Wow! I had one of those in the early 60’s, so apparently it was hugely popular!

Retired Crayola Crayon Colors

I remember all but two of these colors! The 13 officially retired crayon colors are:

Blue Gray
Lemon Yellow
Orange Red
Orange Yellow
Violet Blue
Maize
Green Blue
Raw Umber
Thistle
Blizzard Blue
Mulberry
Teal Blue
Magic Mint

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