It's National Crayon Day! We love using crayons, markers, and colored pencils to draw, color, and make crafts. But how did we even get crayons? We found some information about the colorful history of crayons, so read on!
"By the beginning of the 20th century, there were several companies producing wax crayons in the United States. In 1902, Crayola brand of crayons was invented by Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. The name was created by Mr. Binney’s wife, Alice Stead Binney, who combined the French word for Chalk (craie) with the ole from oleaginous (the paraffin wax used to make the crayons). Crayola offered 19 different boxes with 30 different colors when they first hit the market.
"Between 1903 and 1998, Crayola had produced 120 different colors. From 1998 through today, 50 crayon colors have been retired. Today, some of the other brands on the market include Dixon Ticonderoga and Rose Art Crayons. There are also a number generic brands on the market today as well."
Fun Facts to Know:
The smell of crayons is the 18th most recognizable scent for adults in the U.S.
Crayola makes 3 billion crayons a year
The favorite crayon color of most Americans is blue
The 100-billionth crayon was made by Fred Rogers of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood in 1996.
The color of crayon Fred Rogers created was “blue ribbon”
In 1962, Crayola changed the name of the color “flesh” to “peach”
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