The Binney & Smith Company of New York and Easton, Pennsylvania, began operations producing paints, school pencils, and dustless chalk for classroom use. In 1903, it introduced a box of eight Crayola crayons for 5 cents. For nearly 100 years, Crayola has dominated the wax crayon business. In fact, 98 out of every 100 consumers recognize the word "Crayola." Each year, the Toy Manufacturers of America list Crayola's box of 64 crayons as one of the best selling toys--selling better, in fact, than any year's Cabbage Patch doll, Tickle Me Elmo, or Furby. But even though Crayola has a sure winner with its line of crayons, it has added products to suit an ever more sophisticated coloring consumer. Crayola offered this True to Life package of eight special crayons to help kids re-create the variations in colors of natural things. Each crayon is really three hues of a color in one tool for drawing common nature scenes like grass, sand, fire, water, and sky. With names like Carribbean Current, Amazon Rainforest, and Florida Sunrise, the crayons remind kids of colorful locations all over the world even as they create and color worlds of their very own.


  • Title: Crayon:True to Life Crayons
  • Creator: Crayola
  • Date Created: 2007
  • Location: China
  • Subject Keywords: crayon, writing, drawing, coloring
  • Type: Hobbies and Crafts, Creativity Toys
  • Medium: printed paper, plastic, wax
  • Object ID: 110.654
  • Credit Line: Courtesy of the Marianne Szymanski Toy Tips Institute

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