What do all these names have in common? These are 3 of 133 colours that are in the Crayola family. Since we are a blog that focus’ on design, decor & colour we thought this week we’d look at the history behind the Crayola Crayon.
In 1903 the first box of crayons were sold for a nickel. In the early 1900’s two gentlemen by the name of Edwin Binney & Harold Smith developed a nontoxic wax crayon. It was Binney’s wife Alice that came up with the name Crayola. Alice use the French word for chalk ‘craie’ with ola from the word oily.
To date more than a 100 billion crayons have been produced… The first Crayola crayons came in a box of eight colours: black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red and yellow. Throughout the years we’ve seen the Crayola crayon family increase; in 1958 the number of colours increased to 64, while in 1972 eight fluorescent colours were introduced increasing the number of colours to 72. In 1990 we saw both the addition of 16 colours while the company also discontinued 8, this now brought the total to 80. The number of colours then increased to 96 in 1993 and to 120 in 1998, though with thirteen crayons being retired along the way. (Blizzard Blue, Blue Grey, Blue Green, Lemon Yellow, Magic Mint, Maize, Mulberry, Orange Red, Orange Yellow, Raw Umber, Teal Blue, Thistle & Violet Blue)
Over the years the Crayola brand has brought to life additional speciality packs of crayons:
Triangled: Crayola also manufactors triangled crayons that are anti roll. The standard triangled crayons are in 8 and 16 packs. The 30 pack of triangled crayons is only on washable mode and in a jar.
Washable: Washable crayons are in 8,16,and 24 standard packs and a 8,16,and 30 triangled crayon packs. The 8 and 16 packs of the standard and triangular washable packs lists the same colours as their original packs. The washable 24 standard crayon pack lists the same colours as the original pack.
Silver Swirls: In 1990, Crayola released the Silver Swirls, a pack of 24 silvery colors.
Magic Scent: In 1994, Crayola produced a 16-pack of crayons that released fragrances when used. In 1995, Crayola changed some of the scents because of complaints received by parents that some of the crayons smelled good enough to eat, like the Cherry, Chocolate, & Blueberry scented crayons. Crayons with food scents were retired in favour of non-food scents.
Gem Tones: In 1994, Crayola released the Gem Tones, a pack of 16 crayons modeled after precious stones.
Changeables: The Crayola Changeables crayons were introduced in 1995. Ex Blue to Magenta, Green to Violet & Pink to Yellow.
Colour Mix Up: In 1997, Crayola released a 16-pack of crayons, each of which contains a solid colour with flecks of two other colours in it.
Pearl Brite: In 1997, Crayola released a 16-pack of Pearl Brite crayons. Colours include: Key Lime Pearl, Midnight Pearl & Mystic Pearl
Crayons with Glitter: In 1999, Crayola released Crayons with Glitter as part of a Special Effects crayons package.
Metallic FX: In 2001, Crayola produced the Metallic FX crayons, a set of 16 metallic crayons whose names were chosen through a contest open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. (Still available today)
Silly Scents: The Silly Scents are produced by Crayola in a 16-pack. ex… Pixie Powder, Smashes Pumpkin & Winter Wizard
Head ‘n Tails: The crayons are double-sided and encased in plastic tubes that function much like the ones on Crayola Twistables. Each crayon has two shades of colour.
True Life: In 2007, Crayola released the True to Life crayons. The tri-colour tips are intended to “bring scenes to life.” Each crayon is extra-long and contained within a plastic casing similar to that of Crayola Twistables crayons.
Extreme Twistable Colours: In 2009, Crayola released eight “ultra-cool” and “super-hot” crayons in long twistable barrels.