Crayola

Why do I love Crayola?  There are several reasons.  I love colors! Crayola is also always coming up with new ideas. The quality of their crayons is outstanding, much better than other brands. Here is some information on the company, where to see them, their color values, and a new trick I learned about their series and code numbers.

History and Background
The Crayola company was not actually named Crayola to begin with. It was a line of crayons Binney & Smith sold.  Binney & Smith founded by Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. They started working together in 1885 on the developing colored pencils and wax crayon industry. The first Crayola box was made around 1903. Crayola was one of many lines of crayon boxes they would make over the years. They also made: Perma, Spectra, Munsell, Cerata, Crayolet, Rubens, Staonal, Durel, Cerola, Besco, Art-Toy, and Boston Pressed Crayon product lines. Staonal and Crayola are the only lines that survived from these early days. The name Crayola from Alice Binney, Edwin Binney's wife. She combined the French words craie, meaning chalk and ola and oil.

Binney & Smith was a publicly traded company (BYS) from 1963 to 1984. At that time it was bought by the private company Hallmark Cards. In 2007 Binney & Smith became Crayola LLC. It is interesting to note that the European leg of Crayola is still called Binney & Smith (Eurpoe) Ltd. The name of Crayola in other countries is: Crayola Canada and Crayola (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Sometimes crayons sold in other countries with English words, or the countries native languages. It really depends on the product. It is generally very hard to purchase product available in a specific country from another country. I have had people tell me from other countries they would like certain supplies, but there is no way they can get them. I would also like to add some foreign supplies to my collection, but that is also very difficult.
sources: www.crayoncollecting.comwww.crayola.com

Where to see Crayola
Here are all the locations to see Crayola!  There are currently 4 Crayola stores open in the U.S.  Prices tend to be a bit higher, but the selection of products in amazing.  I often find products I can not find other places at the stores. The Crayola Experience features many activities for kids to do, make markers and crayons, melted crayon art, color t-shirts, play with model magic and more.



  • Easton Pennslyvania-Crayola Store and Crayola Experience
  • Kansas City-Crayola Store and Kaleidoscope.  Kaleidoscope is run by Hallmark.  It is smaller than the Crayola Experience, but very fun and also free. There is a glow in the dark area with melted crayons and a station to glow in the dark color, puzzle making, water color and painting.  Scraps from Hallmark are sent there everyday and used to make masterpieces.
  • Orlando, Florida-Crayola Store and Crayola Experience
  • Mall of America, Bloomington, Minnesota-Crayola Store and Crayola Experience
  • Plano, Texas-Crayola Store and Crayola Experience coming in 2018!
I am rather disappointed they removed the factory tour from Easton, Pennsylvania when they opened the Crayola Experience there.  They have a section to show how they make crayons, but it is not the same as a tour.  I also wish there was a Crayola museum open somewhere, either in Easton or in Washington DC as part of another museum.  I would love to see halls and halls of their history.

Crayola Hex and RGB Color Values
Here are all the Hex and RGB Crayola color values for the 120 count Crayola crayon box. Click here to see more detail about what crayon boxes all the colors are in.


The Style and Code Numbers
Like any company that produces parts Crayola has a system for keeping track of all their many different products.  They have been using style numbers as early as the 1960's. In the 1960's through the 1990's the style numbers were under the top or bottom flap or the back of the box flap.  The style number consists of two numbers followed by 4 numbers, xx-xxxx.  The first two numbers designate the type of product and the 4 numbers usually have something to do with the specific style or size of the product.  The following list is the first two numbers of the style codes for most Crayola products. I have a list of all the style and code numbers I've complied here!

03- chalk
04- combinations of products
52- crayons
58- markers
68- colored pencils
74- paint
75- Color Wonder
95- Color Alive

The code number is a more specific number.  It consists of the style number a -0 and a -xxx.  The first product in a series is usally -200 for crayons and -300 for markers.  Crayola tends not to follow this rule as closely. During the 1990's a W was added to some of the boxes to designate a new box design/and or color changes to a box.

Using these style and code numbers is very useful.  I will include the style numbers and code numbers in all my What's Inside the Box Series and look more in depth at how the numbers to see the stories of all the crayons.

If the box does not have a Style or Code Number then the part is an Official Licensed Product. Basically Crayola does not make the product, but outsources the product to another company. This company is in charge of distributing, marketing, and manufacture of the product.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! I had no idea there was so much to learn about crayola! One of my most favorite episodes of Mr. Rogers and Reading Rainbow was when they visited the Crayola Factory. When I was a kid I had this orange tower that held tons of crayons, and I remember not wanting to let my friends use them - ha! Selfish, I wanted to keep them nice for myself! Your site is awesome :)

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    1. Thank you so much. I remember that tower!!!

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  2. Stupid question...I have the 152 pack. Are these collector packs different colors or are they the same colors in different packaging?

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    1. all 120 standard colors + all 16 Metallic FX crayons + all 16 glitter crayons.

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