Crayons 64 Box
Crayons 64 Box ("with
was introduced in 1958.
birthday Crayola 64 Box.
Box; made in the USA by Crayola, approx. retail $4.99, recommended
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who can remember life before
remember the excitement and emotion of opening that box of crayons,
that distinctive smell, and all those bright, beautiful wax points?
Which one to use first in your quest to make the world, and often
the walls, a more colorful place?
The first Crayola crayons were introduced in 1903 by Edwin Binney
and Harold Smith in upstate New York. The
pair introduced the first box of eight crayons : black, brown,
blue, red, violet, orange, yellow and green. It sold for a nickel.
The name, chosen by Edwin's wife, Alice, comes from "craie,"
the French word for "chalk," and "ola" from
Then in 1958, there was an explosion of color: a giant box of
crayons in 64 striking colors debuted on the Captain
Kangaroo show. To top it off, the box came with its own built-in
crayon sharpener. Could a child ask for anything more?
The Crayola 64 pack has become such an American icon that, in
1998 it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame and it
was given a place of honor in the Smithsonian Institution's National Toy Hall of Fame. Its place of honor is somewhere
between Dorothy's ruby slippers and Silly Putty.
Over the years, Crayola's color palette has undergone some changes
and major growth. Today are 120 colors in all that have been developed
for various collections. The 64 pack has undergone only a few
special changes. In 1958 Prussian blue became midnight blue, in
1962 the color flesh was changed to peach and in 1991 Indian red
became chestnut. In 1990, eight of the original 64 box colors
were retired: raw umber, maize, lemon yellow, blue gray, violet
blue, orange red, orange yellow and green blue. This was the first
time Crayola retired colors completely and it drew some protest.
In response RUMPS, the Raw
Umber and Maize Preservation Society, was formed. Over the
last 50 years, some 200 million Crayola 64 boxes have been sold.
That's about 12.8 billion crayons, enough to circle the Earth
more than a few times.
Well get your party hat because that big, beautiful box of 64
fantastic colors turns
50 this year. The Big one is getting a makeover for the celebration.
In addition to the new color, Courage, a bold red dedicated to
the children of St
Jude's Research Hospital, eight colors were given new names
by nearly 20,000 kids who got the chance to be color experts for
Crayola. These kids
choice colors reflect the preferences of today's kids and
will get a year's run in the 64 box.
1. Giving tree
2. Super happy
3. fun in the sun
4. bear hug
5. happy ever after
7. best friends
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the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
educator who believes in learning through play and the value of