crayola, crayola, i love you so!

I used to love anything and everything Crayola when I was younger. It wasn't a special interest like it is now, but perhaps that might be part of the reason why it became a special interest so quickly after I listened to Ode To Crayola for the first time. What I'm saying is basically: my love for Crayola was reawakened by Lemon Demon. Thanks, Neil.

I've yet to look into the actual history of Crayola, however crayons make me very happy. If I see something Crayola related at all I will go so so crazy and autistic. And yes, before you ask, I have eaten crayons before.

Here's a list of Crayola products I've used over the years!
- Crayons (box of 64 of course)
- Markers
- Pencils
- Chalk
- Those twisty things, y'know what I'm talking about?
- Erasers

history of crayola boxes

Crayola has made quite a few boxes - however, the most well known are their boxes of 64. However, there's quite a rich history to them.

1903: Original Crayola Colors
After several decades producing commercial pigments, Binney & Smith produced their first crayon, the black Staonal Marking Crayon, in 1902. The following year, the company decided to enter the consumer market with its first drawing crayons. The name Crayola was suggested by Alice Binney, wife of company founder Edwin Binney, combining craie, French for "chalk," a reference to the pastels that preceded and lent their name to the first drawing crayons, with the suffix -ola, meaning "oleaginous," a reference to the wax from which the crayons were made. Initially this was just one of the brands produced by Binney & Smith; other crayons were produced under names such as Cerola, Cerata, Durel, Perma, and Boston, among others; but the Crayola brand proved the most successful, and was produced in two lines: Crayola Gold Medal School Crayons and "Rubens" Crayola Artists' Crayons.

Early Crayola advertising mentions thirty different colors, although there is no official list; in fact thirty-eight different crayons are known from Crayola boxes of this period. The largest labeled assortment was box No. 51, titled Crayola Young Artists' Drawing Crayons, which included twenty-eight different crayons. Other colors were found in different boxes, including the "Rubens" No. 500, a twenty-four crayon assortment. The names of several crayons varied from box to box; in general the larger assortments tended to use names associated with oil paints, and in fact early Crayola literature frequently describes drawing with crayons as a form of painting.

Over time, simpler names were favored, and several colors were discontinued by 1910, including Light and Dark Venetian Red, Permanent Geranium Lake, Celestial Blue, Raw Sienna, and Charcoal Gray; the use of "Purple" as an alternative for "Violet" ended about 1914; and after 1915 Gold, Silver, and Copper were no longer available in assortments, although Gold and Silver were still available in bulk.

discontinued colors

Colors retired in 1910
- Celestial Blue
- Charcoal Gray
- Chrome Green, Dark
- Chorme Green, Medium
- Chrome Yellow, Light
- Golden Ochre
- Lemon Yellow
- Permanent Geranium Lake
- Raw Sienna (came back later)
- Venetian Red, Dark
- Venetian Red, Light
- Van Dyke Brown

Colors retired in 1914
- Green, Dark
- Green, Light
- Green, Medium
- Yellow Medium
- Permanent Magenta

Colors retired in 1917
- Light Blue
- Dark Blue
- Pink

Colors retired in 1935
- Charcoal Gray retired a second time
- English Vermillion
- Madder Lake
- Chrome Green, Light
- Chrome Medium Yellow
- Maximum Black

Colors retired in 1939
- Medium Green

Colors shortage in 1944-1945 officially retired in 1949
- Burnt Umber
- Celestial Blue (again)
- Gamboge Yellow
- Maximum Blue
- Maximum Blue Green
- Maximum Green
- Maximum Green Yellow
- Maximum Purple
- Maximum Purple Blue
- Maximum Red
- Maximum Red Purple
- Maximum Yellow
- Maximum Yellow Red
- Middle Blue
- Middle Green
- Middle Green Yellow
- Middle Grey
- Middle Purple
- Middle Purple Blue
- Middle Red
- Middle Red Purple
- Middle Yellow
- Middle Yellow Red
- Venetian Red

Colors retired in 1958 (coincided with the 64 count box)
- Brilliant Rose
- Carmine Red
- Cerulean Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Dark Green
- Dark Red
- Gold Ochre
- Light Blue
- Light Green
- Light Magenta
- Light Turquoise Blue
- Light Yellow
- Medium Blue
- Medium Orange
- Medium Red Violet
- Medium Rose
- Medium Violet
- Medium Yellow
- Middle Blue Green
- Pink Beige
- Prussian Blue
- Rose Pink
- Ultramarine Blue

Colors retired in 1990
- blue gray
- green blue
- lemon yellow
- maize
- orange red
- orange-yellow
- raw umber

Colors retired in 1999
- thistle

Colors retired in (Special promo for 2003 Special Edition 100 Crayons)
- blizzard blue in 2003 (part of fluorescent colors)
- magic mint retired in 2003 (part of fluorescent colors)
- mulberry in 2003
- teal blue in 2003

Colors retired in 2017
- Dandelion