Thursday, March 15, 2012

filling my world with color since 1984!

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 “olĂ©agineux”, 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!

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