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1900 - The Company begins producing slate school pencils in its newly opened Easton, Pennsylvania mill, located on the Bushkill Creek.
1903 - Noticing a need for safe, quality, affordable wax crayons, the company produces the first box of eight Crayola crayons containing red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black sticks. It sells for a nickel. The Crayola name, coined by Edwin Binney’s wife Alice, comes from “craie,” the French word for chalk, and “ola,” from “oleaginous.”
1904 - The company wins a gold Medal at the 1904 St. Louis World Exposition for their An-Du-Septic Dustless Chalk.
1920 - Crayola Rubens crayons for art students and Perma Pressed sharpenable fine art crayons are added to the growing product line, which also includes new Artista brand paints.
1948 - To educate art teachers about the many ways to use the growing number of Crayola products, a teacher workshop program begins to offer in-school training across the country.
1949 - Crayola introduces the “Crayola 48” containing 48 color crayons in a “stadium seating” box.
1958 - The 64-color assortment of Crayola crayons – with a built-in sharpener – debuts.
1961 - Binney & Smith becomes a publicly held company.
1977 - In May, Binney & Smith acquires the rights to Silly Putty, one of the world’s best-loved toy classics.
1978 - Binney & Smith is listed on the New York Stock Exchange June 19, with the symbol: BYS.
Crayola crayons celebrate their 75th anniversary, and Crayola markers are introduced. Craft and activity kits become a vital part of the company’s business.
1979 - All children’s product lines are repackaged to carry the Crayola trade name and all fine art materials are repackaged to carry the Liquitex trade name.
1980 - A private distributorship in Australia is purchased to form Binney & Smith (Australia) Pty. Ltd. to market and distribute finished Crayola products.
1986 - A toll-free consumer help line, 1-800-CRAYOLA, is established, extending the company’s commitment to providing quality service.
1987 - Crayola introduces Washable markers, an instant hit with kids, teachers and moms. Crayola colored pencils also arrive.
1988 - Binney & Smith acquires the manufacturing rights for Magic Marker brand markers.
1990 - Eight Crayola crayons – maize, raw umber, lemon yellow, blue gray, orange yellow, orange red, green blue and violet blue – are retired into the Crayola Hall of Fame in Easton, Pennsylvania.
1991 - Binney & Smith offers the eight retired Crayola crayon shades, along with a 64-box, in the Crayola Collector’s Colors Tin for a limited time. Crayola Washable crayons are introduced.
1994 - Revell-Monogram, the world’s leading manufacturer of plastic model kits joins the Binney & Smith family.
1996 - A colorful and historic milestone is recorded as the 100 billionth Crayola crayon rolls off the production line in Easton, Pennsylvania.
2000 - Binney & Smith sells its Liquitex brand to ColArt.
2003 - Happy Birthday Crayola! The Crayola brand celebrates 100 years of making the world a more colorful place for children.
2007 - On January 1, 2007, Binney & Smith becomes Crayola LLC, reflecting the company’s No. 1 brand and its fast-forward innovative direction. The Crayola name has 99% recognition among U.S. households.
2008 - Crayola celebrates the 50th Birthday of the famous 64-ct. box first introduced on the popular children’s show Captain Kangaroo in 1958.
2010 - Crayola, teaming with partners UGI and PPL, opens phase one of a Solar Farm contained on 20 acres at the Crayola campus in Forks Township, PA. The 26,000 solar panels produce 1.5 Megawatts of electricity. Enough electricity to produce 1 billion crayons per year and reduce 3,800 tons of greenhouse gas per year. The equivalent of removing 650 cars from our highways/year or planting 800 acres of pine forests per year.
2011 - May 4, 2011 - Edwin Binney is elected into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in recognition for his invention of an apparatus for the manufacture of Carbon Black. He received a patent for this invention on May 26, 1891.
July 16th a Birthday Party was held in downtown Easton to celebrate the 15th Birthday of the Crayola EXPERIENCE.
The Crayola Solar Farm is completed and included more than 30,000 solar panels producing 3 megawatts of electricity. The solar panels generate enough electricity to produce 1 billion crayons and 500 million markers per year.
2013 - The Crayola Experience is re-imagined with 21 all-new, hands-on attractions. This real-life extension of the iconic Crayola brand is where color, chemistry, and technology magically combine to create a colorful adventure for a child's imagination. Located in the heart of downtown Easton, Pennsylvania, The Crayola Experience is just a short drive from NYC and Philadelphia. For more information, visit CrayolaExperience.com!