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Crayola Crayons & Colors

 

Colors

 

One aspect of collecting Crayola is not to collect them by package but to collect them by color.  Crayola has made a lot of colors over the 110+ years they have been around.  Given that just identifying and collecting their standard size round crayons is a large challenge, many collectors choose to specialize.  Some collect only those that say “Crayola” on them, some collect only standard round size crayons and some collect only crayons with special effects.

 

John Astolfi was probably the pioneer at documenting crayon wrappers and trying to understand crayon colors.  He once wrote:  “…recently, a woman selling an early 1950's 48-count Crayola box was puzzled when nearly half of the crayon names in her box were nowhere to be found on Crayola's color chronology...several years ago I stood in her shoes, hence the creation of the LosT ColorS ProjecT.”  John went on to talk about wrappers, colors and other interesting oddities about our favorite crayons.  His website has since been taken down but he started the spark toward clarity on color history.

 

Another early collector, Kurt Baty, took John’s work one step further and compiled a comprehensive list of all the colors that have “Crayola” on the wrapper.  This list, while impressively long, was exclusively for standard round crayons from the USA.  There are other lists to add to his in order to understand just how big this type of collecting can get.  My collecting friends at the time, Donna M. and Alan N, helped me expand on Kurt’s standard Crayola color list to include all unique wrappers within all of Crayola’s brands.  This was a monumental undertaking that never got completed unfortunately but I have a link of where it left of which is still very useful.  Currently there are several thousand variations of names and wrapper designs used.

 

Crayola Wrapper Color Names List

 

That brings us to crayon sizes themselves.  They’ve been made in a number of sizes and lengths.  Here is a fairly comprehensive sampling of the various sizes (yes, many of these sizes are also available without wrapper; I simply chose to show with wrapper where a size was available by wrapper.

 

To know the real history of Crayola colors is complex.  I have a large 40+ chapter history on all the color names Crayola has used:

 

The Definitive History of Crayola’s Colors

 

Crayons

 

Standard round crayons:

 

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Large and So Big Sizes (thicker crayons):

 

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Hexagonal and flat side crayons:

 

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Rating the size might be broken down into the following:

 

S1 – 2 inch crayons (thin)

        Example: Tiny Tots

S2 – 2.5 inch crayons (thin) 

        Example: Crayola No 51

S3 – 3.5 inch crayons (regular)

        Example: Crayola No 8

S4 – 3.75 inch crayons (thin)

        Example:  Crayola No 54

S5 – 4.75 inch crayons (encased)

        Example: Crayola Twistable Erasables

S6 – 6 inch crayons (regular)

        Example: Crayola No 99

S7 – 6.75 inch crayons (encased)

        Example: Crayola Twistables

 

SL1 – 2.5 inch crayons (thick)

        Example: Crayola No 333

SL2 – 4.25 inch crayons (thick)

        Example:  Crayola No 80

SL3 – 5.25 inch crayons (extra thick)

        Example: Crayola So Big

 

SF1 – 4.25 inch crayons (thick)

        Example: Crayola Anti-Roll

 

SH1 – 3.5 inch crayons (regular)

        Example: Crayola No 8 (hex)

SH2 – 4.25 inch crayons (thick)

        Example: Crayola No 38 (hex)

 

Wrappers

 

Crayola’s wrappers have several types and help to identify the age of the crayon.  Since crayon colors and wrappers have a different timeline than the boxes, it is more difficult to date by wrapper and color.  Here is an extension to the wrapper documentation started by John, augmented by Kurt and then more by me:

 

Type 0No serpentine; rectangle around printing

 

Variation one (line border, with Paris)

CrayolaType0

Variation two (ornate border, without Paris)

CrayolaType0v2

 

Production Dates

1903 to 1912

Oval

None

Crayola name

All uppercase

Location

Middle of wrapper

Color name

Upper lower case, middle of wrapper

Crayon Points

Right

Other

Multiple variations of design

 

Type 1No serpentine; no rectangle

 

CrayolaType00a

 

Production Dates

1912-1918

Oval

None

Crayola name

All uppercase; quotes

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

None

Crayon Points

Right

Other

Trade Mark above Crayola name

 

Type 2No serpentine; no rectangle

 

CrayolaType00

 

Production Dates

1918-1928

Oval

None

Crayola name

All uppercase; large C and A, quotes

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Upper lower case, centered above brand name

Crayon Points

Right

Other

Trade Mark below color

 

Type 3Serpentine; no oval

 

Variation one (early serpentine - white on white serpentine)

CrayolaType2c

Variation two (early serpentine - white on black with white dots)

CrayolaType2B

Variation three (modern Serpentine)

CrayolaType2

 

Production Dates

1926 to 1933

Oval

None

Crayola name

All uppercase; larger C and A, quotes

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Upper lower case, centered above brand name

Crayon Points

Right

Other

Trade Mark below color

 

Type 4Modern Serpentine; scalloped oval

 

Variation one (color above oval) *note – I don’t have a pic of round ones

CrayolaType4

Variation two (color in oval)

CrayolaType4a

 

Production Dates

1934 to 1946

Oval

Scalloped

Crayola name

All uppercase; larger C and A

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Var 1 – Upper/lower above oval, Var 2 Upper in oval

Crayon Points

Left

Other

Variation one is not available in full set of colors

 

Type 5Modern Serpentine; smooth oval, Co., Color within

 

CrayolaType5

 

Production Dates

1946 to 1955

Oval

Smooth

Crayola name

All uppercase

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Uppercase in oval

Crayon Points

Left

Other

Has “CO.” and “REG U.S. PAT. OFF.” In oval

 

Type 6Modern Serpentine; Inc, color above

 

CrayolaType6

 

Production Dates

1955 to 1976

Oval

Smooth and wider

Crayola name

All uppercase, thinner font, registered trademark symbol

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Uppercase above oval

Crayon Points

Left

Other

“MADE IN U.S.A” below oval and changed to Inc.

 

Type 7Modern Serpentine; Thin Crayola Name

 

Variation one (New York, NY)

CrayolaType7c

Variation two (Easton, PA)

CrayolaType7b

 

Production Dates

1976 to 1988

Oval

Smooth and more squared off

Crayola name

Upper/lower case, Thin font

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Lowercase above right of oval

Crayon Points

Left

Other

Added “CRAYON” in oval; company/location below oval, “MADE IN U.S.A.” below that

 

Type 8Modern Serpentine; Thick Crayola Name

 

Variation one (with Inc.)

CrayolaType8a

Variation two (without Inc.)

CrayolaType8

 

Production Dates

1988 to 2002

Oval

Smooth and more squared off

Crayola name

Upper/lower case, Thick font

Location

Bottom of wrapper

Color name

Lowercase above right of oval

Crayon Points

Left

Other

Dropped “CRAYON” in oval; added 10 digit zip codes, added registered trademark symbol to serpentine

 

Type 9Modern Serpentine; Thick Crayola Name with swash underline

 

CrayolaType9

 

Production Dates

2002 to 2005

Oval

Smooth and more squared off

Crayola name

Upper/lower case, Thick font, swash underline with TM

Location

None – uses web address

Color name

Lowercase above right of oval

Crayon Points

Left

Other

Readded “CRAYON” in oval; dropped location for web address

 

Type 10Modern Serpentine; outline text trilingual

 

CrayolaType10.jpg

 

Production Dates

2006 to current

Oval

Tighter; only enough to fit name and trademark

Crayola name

Upper/lower case, black lettering with white same color outline as wrapper

Location

None – uses web address

Color name

Lowercase above right of oval, 3 languages (English, Spanish, French)

Crayon Points

Left

Other

Dropped the “Made in USA” and the underline below the name.