Crayons, I love them and I still color with them. I might be the only adult ever buying crayons for children.. oh well. So today I learned the origin of the word crayola. The word “Crayola” was originally thought up by Alice Binney. Binney, a one-time school teacher, combined the French word “craie”, meaning “chalk”, with “ola”, shortened from the French word “oléagineux”, meaning “oily”.
Crayola crayons started being mass produced for children in 1903. Really crayons were around before but were only used to label crates in factories. Binney & Smith who produced these crayons sought a way to make them less toxic and sell them to children. Hurray for art!