Coloring book:Paint with Water Fern Gully | The Last Rainforest

Western Publishing Company, Inc.1992

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

Coloring books have entertained children since the 1880s when McLoughlin Brothers offered "Little Folks' Painting Book." As the title of the 1880s book suggests, most such art books were colored with paints until the 1950s brought Crayola's box of 64 crayons, placing an abundance of hues and shades at a young artist's fingertips. Considered by parents as a quiet, solitary activity, coloring simple illustrations in specially printed books was seen as a way to encourage children's artisitic talents. Early coloring books featured illustrations of characters from popular newspaper comics such as Richard Outcault's Buster Brown, Harold Grey's Li'l Orphan Annie. Later books, from the 1950s and 1960s, offered illustrations of scores of TV figures such as Dennis the Menace, Daniel Boone, the Lone Ranger, Julia Baker, and the Flintstones. These days, most TV shows and movies aimed at youngsters have series of coloring books, reminding kids of their favorite characters even when the shows are over.


  • Title: Coloring book:Paint with Water Fern Gully | The Last Rainforest
  • Creator: Western Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Date Created: 1992
  • Location: Racine, WI
  • Subject Keywords: drawing, motor skills, popular culture
  • Type: More Toys, Hobbies and Crafts
  • Rights: 20th Century Fox Film Corp.
  • Medium: paper, cardboard, metal
  • Object ID: 114.69790
  • Credit Line: Gift of Garth, Andrea, and Kellan Parker

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