Can you tell me the birth dates of the founders Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith?

Edwin Binney (1866-1934), born in Shrub Oak, New York, and C. Harold Smith (1860-1931), born in London, England, founded Binney & Smith in 1885. Binney & Smith was then incorporated in 1902.  In 2007, the company name Binney & Smith was changed to Crayola.

"Edwin Binney: The Founder of Crayola Crayons" is part of the Lives and Times Series, published by Heinemann-Raintree. The book offers history behind the founding of Binney & Smith. It can be found through Barnes & Noble, Borders,, or the publisher at 888.454.2279.

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We also offer a photocopied booklet titled "Story of a Rainbow" which contains more detailed history information than the Crayola site. To receive a copy, call or text us at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time. If you would prefer to send us an email, visit our contact us page.