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Best Art Products, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
Dates 1948 - 1970s

 

Aliases

 

Best Art Products, Inc.

 

Locations                                                                                         

 

Brooklyn, NY

History

 

I could find very little on the history of the Best Art Products, Inc.  Earliest references went back to 1948 and the latest references were some time in the 1970s.  They seemed to have a lot of union labor relation issues over the years.  They produced several different crayon lines including their main line, Cra-o-tec.  Interestingly, they are one of the only companies to use the same box graphic for two different crayon products:  Cra-O-Tec and School House use almost identical designs except that the girl has a different picture she is coloring.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Best Art Drawing Crayons

BA0001

TFT

8

8

Black,Red

Easel

Black/Red with 4 crayons illustrated

1950s

7

$10

Best Easy Wipe

BA0010

TT

4

4

Red,Blue,White

Blue & White boxes

Alternating colors with text

1950s

7

$7

Color With

BA0013

TT

8

8

Red

Blue banner

Elf like person

1950s

7

$7

Cra-O-Tec

BA0009

LID

16

16

Red,White

Railroad Car

Circus animals in railroad car

1940s

8

$20

Cra-O-Tec Jumbo No 308

BA0011

LID

8

8

Red,White

Swirl

Two Animals

1940s

8

$20

Cra-O-Tec Jumbo No 318

BA0004

TFT

18

18

Blue,Red

Clowns

Clowns on front; window

1950s

8

$20

Cra-O-Tec No 104

BA0014

TT

4

4

Red,Blue

Two kids

Red/Blue; boy and girl coloring

1950s

4

$3

Cra-O-Tec No 108

BA0002

TFT

8

8

Red,Blue

Two kids

Red/Blue; boy and girl coloring

1950s

4

$3

Cra-O-Tec No 108

BA0005

TFT

8

8

Red

Banner style

Red box white lettering

1960s

6

$7

Cra-O-Tec No 112

BA0015

TFT

12

12

Red,Blue

Two kids

Red/Blue; boy and girl coloring

1950s

8

$7

Cra-O-Tec No 116

BA0003

TFT

16

16

Red,Blue

Two kids

Red/Blue; boy and girl coloring

1950s

6

$5

Cra-O-Tec No 116

BA0015

TFT

16

16

Red

Banner style

Red box white lettering

1960s

8

$10

Cra-O-Tec No 1067

BA0006

TFT

6

6

Red,Blue

Two kids

Red/Blue; boy and girl coloring

1950s

5

$5

Mark-On-All No 203

BA0012

ST

1

12

White,Blue

Blue label

Striped border, white text

1960s

8

$7

Right-O Marking No 202B

BA0008

ST

12

12

Brown

Black Text

Brown box, black lettering

1950s

7

$3

School House

BA0007

TFT

8

8

Red,Blue

Two kids

Red/Blue; boy and girl coloring

1960s

5

$5

 

Photos

 

 

 

 

 

BA0001

BA0002

BA0003

 

 

 

BA0004

 

 

 

 

Cra-O-Tec - 6 colors.jpg

 

 

Schoolhouse - 8 colors.jpg

BA0005

BA0006

BA0007

 

 

 

 

BA0008

BA0009

BA0010

 

 

 

BA0011

BA0012

BA0013

 

 

 

BA0014

BA0015

BA0016