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Florida’s Best Newspaper for Antiques & Collectibles

                                    AUGUST 2017 • Volume 30 No. 12    

                                           Crayola Crayons                                                                                      Cylindrical

                                                                                                                                                canister of
                                                        Have Colored America                                                                     48 colors
                                                                                                                                                  from the
                                                            for Over 100 Years

        By Larry LeMasters
        LeMasters’ Antique News Service                                                                Scrappy Crayons
                                                                                                       from the 1940s
          If you want to recapture your childhood, nothing takes you                                       In 1903, the first box
        back quicker than a box of Crayola Crayons. Nearly all of us                                     of Crayola Crayons
        have owned crayons, and our children and grandchildren are                                       was manufactured.
        now learning to color with them.                                                                 Edwin’s wife,
          The average child in the US will wear down 730 crayons                                         Alice, coined the
        by her tenth birthday. And kids, ages 2 to 8, spend an average                                   term “Crayola” by
        of 28 minutes each day coloring — that equates to 6.3 billion                                    combining the French
        hours a year!                                                                                    word for chalk, craie,
          Crayons, as we know them today, were originally produced                                       with the first part of
        in Europe by mixing charcoal and oil. The charcoal was soon                                      oleaginous, the oily paraffin
        replaced with various hues of colored, powdered pigments.                                        wax used to make the crayon.
        But the oil-based sticks were still too soft and difficult to                                      The first box contained eight crayons —blue, brown, red,
        work with. Replacing the oil with wax produced sticks that                                       violet, black, green, orange, & yellow, and sold for 5¢.
        were stronger, hardier, and easier to work with. Wax and colored pigment are still the                                         Continued on Page 2
                                  ingredients used in crayons today.
                                    Although many companies have made crayons over                In This Issue . . .
                                  the years — they are actually relatively easy to make
                                  — by far the most well-known crayon manufacturer is                  QUESTIONS   & ANSWERS 26 & 30
                                  Crayola LLC (formerly Binney & Smith, the creators
                                  of Crayola Crayons).                                                                         WARTIME HUMOR
                                    In 1864, Joseph Binney founded the Peekskill                                                       22
                                  Chemical Co. In 1885, Binney retired. His son, Edwin
                                  Binney, and Harold Smith (Edwin’s cousin) formed
                                  a partnership under the new company—Binney &                                            HOBBY
                                                                                                                             HORSES 19

                                                                                                                               COLLECTING HISTORY
           Rubens Crayola
        Crayons from the 1920s
        Goldwater promoted his
         Presidential candidacy
                   in 1964
            with these crayons                                                      GRANDFATHER CLOCKS 14

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