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Cosmic Crayon Co.
Bedford, UK
1917 - 1972

Aliases

 

Cosmic Crayon Co. - 1917 to 1958

Cosmic Crayon Co. (subsidiary of Binney & Smith) - 1958 to 1972

Binney & Smith (Europe), Ltd., 1972 to 2003

 

Locations

 

Bedford, UK

 

History

 

Bedfordshire Public School (owned by Cosmic Crayon Co 1920).jpg

 

The Cosmic Crayon Co. Ltd. began in 1917 on Letchworth Road in Bedford, UK. In 1920 they moved to Ampthill Road; the original site of the old Bedfordshire Middle Class Public School Company Limited.  That had been there since 1867.  Their main crayon line they used throughout their own history was Finart and these came in a variety of sizes and designs over the years.  They actually produced many different crayon lines throughout their history.  Some of the known ones included the launching of several new crayon lines in 1933 including Sunshine, Essel and Delight.  Other crayon lines have surviving boxes in the collecting community but it is unclear from exactly what timeframe they were sold.  The best I can do is estimate.

 

Crayola (then Binney & Smith Inc.) purchased the company in 1958 to use as their European hub.  They kept the company operating as Cosmic Crayon Co. until 1972 and then renamed it under the Binney & Smith (Europe) Ltd. name.  By that time Crayola was already used alongside the Finart name on many products.  After that, all of their own products such as Playtime, Cosmic and Brittania slowly faded from their catalog.  Eventually, even the Finart name dropped in favor of producing Crayola exclusively.  They continued crayon manufacturing right up until December, 2003 when they closed the factory and consolidated their manufacturing out of Crayola's Mexico facilities.  They kept the headquarters operating as their European hub and that continues to be so up to the current day.

 

Crayola No 562 (Finart in plastic case) - 24 colors.jpg

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Atlas

COS0014

TFT

8

8

Red,Yellow

Fanned crayon sun

Two kids on grass

1930s

8

$15

Atlas

COS0015

ST

8

8

White,Red

Crayon See-saw

Two kids on crayon see-saw

1940s

8

$15

Carnation

COS0018

TFT

6

6

Yellow,Black

Ornate Triangle

Lovely Colours

1950s

9

$15

Carnation

COS0037

TT

6

6

Yellow,Black

Window

Two kids

1930s

8

$10

Carnation

COS0038

TT

6

6

Red,Yellow

Window

Two kids

1930s

6

$10

Carnation

COS0019

TFT

8

8

Black

Dots, Window

Two kids heads, window, dots

1950s

9

$15

Carnation

COS0020

TFT

10

10

Orange,Blue

Two kids

Block colored, two kids heads, window

1970s

9

$10

Carnation Wrapped

COS0039

TT

8

8

Blue

Triangle logo

Girl with crayon

1940s

9

$20

Coronation

COS0045

HT

4

4

White

Throne

King on a throne of blue and red

1953

8

$30

Craonal

COS0006

ST

1

12

Black

White Rectangle Text

Basic black on white design

1960s

8

$5

Delight No 88

COS0021

TFT

8

8

Unknown

Large X design

Large X design

1930s

10

$40

Emu

COS0043

TT

4

4

Brown

Emu

Teardrop, window

1930s

9

$10

Emu

COS0042

TT

6

6

Red

Emu Flag

Unique Window, crayons below

1930s

8

$10

Emu

COS0040

TT

10

10

White,Blue

Striped

Window, angled text

1920s

9

$20

Finart

COS0001

TFT

8

8

Black,Cream

Name in band

Name on flap, 8 holes for windows

1940s

7

$10

Finart

COS0010

HBT

8

8

Red,Cream

Name in band

Name above in cream part

1960s

7

$10

Finart

COS0025

TFT

8

8

Red,Cream

Name on flap

8 small circle windows

1940s

9

$15

Finart

COS0029

TFT

8

8

Red,White

Boy with crayon

Larger boy with crayon in circle

1970s

7

$15

Finart

COS0011

HBT

8

8

Red,White

Boy with crayon

Larger boy with crayon in circle

1970s

7

$15

Finart

COS0051

TT

8

8

Red,Cream

Boy with crayon

Boy in circle

1970s

7

$15

Finart

COS0038

HBT

8

8

Black,Yellow

Generic

Brand name above

1950s

7

$15

Finart

COS0012

TFT

8

8

White

Boy with crayon

Boy with crayon, no circle

1970s

8

$10

Finart

COS0030

P

8

8

Black

Boy with crayon

Crayons visible at top, Boy upper right

1970s

9

$7

Finart

COS0031

HT

24

24

Red,White

Boy with crayon

Boy in white circle

1960s

9

$15

Finart BOAC promo

COS0044

TFT

8

8

Red,White

Boy with crayon

Blue promo box

1970s

9

$10

Finart Fabricrayons

COS0003

LID

8

8

Blue,Purple

Boy with crayon

Mother/daughter doing fabric crafts

1970s

7

$7

Finart Fabricrayons

COS0023

TFT

8

8

Blue,White

Boy with crayon

Mother/daughter doing fabric crafts

1970s

7

$7

Finart Gainsborough Assortment

COS0009

LID

16

16

Black,Cream

Name in band

Name at top, portrait

1960s

9

$20

Finart Large

COS0027

TT

8

8

Blue,White

Boy with crayon

Boy in white circle

1950s

9

$15

Finart Large

COS0028

TT

12

12

Blue,White

Boy with crayon

Boy in white circle

1950s

9

$15

Finart Large

COS0035

HT

24

24

Blue,White

Boy with crayon

Boy in white circle

1950s

9

$15

Finart No 552

COS0032

HBT

8

8

Red,White

Boy with crayon

No opening text upper right

1970s

7

$15

Finart No 557

COS0033

HCP

24

24

Clear

Visible crayons

No text on the clear front

1970s

9

$15

Finart Refills No 550

COS0049

TFT

1

6

White

Generic

Black Text, A Cosmic Product below

1960s

9

$5

Freart

COS0017

TFT

8

8

Green

Tall lettering

White text, Co lower right

1970s

7

$5

Freart

COS0026

ST

1

12

White,Green

White Circle

Name on Green part

1970s

8

$5

Goliath Monster

COS0046

LID

12

12

White,Green

Black Border

Man in green coloring outdoors

1930s

9

$15

Harlequin

COS0047

TT

8

8

White,Green

Window

Angled text, diamond background

1940s

9

$10

Imp No 112

COS0002

ST

12

12

Green

Rainbow

An imp hopping over a mushroom

1920s

9

$30

Imp No 112

COS0036

ST

12

12

Blue,Red

Sun Rays

Imp in center

1920s

9

$30

Irissquare No SCL6

COS0050

HS

6

6

Red

Line Border

Black text

1920s

9

$20

Kookaburra

COS0048

LID

12

12

Red,Blue

Window

Kookabura bird

1930s

9

$30

Maxam

COS0007

TFT

12

12

Orange,Black

3d striping effect

Hand with crayon

1940s

9

$20

Maxam

COS0024

TFT

24

24

Yellow,Black

3d striping effect

Hypnotic Text style

1940s

9

$20

Maxam No 24

COS0008

TFT

24

24

Yellow,Black

3d striping effect

Black text, hypnotic striping design

1960s

7

$15

Multichrome

COS0041

Tt

9

9

Orange

Emu Flag

Wide Window, white banner

1930s

9

$15

Playtime

COS0004

TFT

8

8

Red

White background

Girl at school desk

1950s

9

$20

Prisma No 5816

COS0016

TFT

16

16

Orange,Black

Angled window

Rolling text for name, window

1930s

9

$20

Sackville

COS0005

LID

12

12

Cream,Green

Rockered window

Outdoor scene

1950s

9

$20

Spectrum

COS0013

TFT

12

12

White

Colored circles

Window, colored circles, 60s style font

1960s

9

$15

Sunshine No 99

COS0022

TFT

8

8

Unknown

Sunshine symbol

Sunshing symbol

1930s

10

$40

 

Photos

 

 

 

 

 

Finart Fabricrayons - 8 colors.jpg

 

Playtime - 8 colors.jpg

 

WCOS0001

COS0002

COS0003

COS0004

COS0005

 

 

 

 

Maxam - 12 colors.jpg

 

Maxam No 24 - 24 colors.jpg

 

 

COS0006

COS0007

COS0008

COS0009

COS0010

 

 

Finart (tin with man) - 9 colors.jpg

 

 

Finart (white) - 8 colors.jpg

 

 

COS0011

COS0012

COS0013

COS0014

 

 

 

 

 

 

COS0015

COS0016

COS0017

COS0018

 

 

Carnation - 8 colors.jpg

 

 

Carnation - 10 colors.jpg

 

Delight No 88 - 8 colors.jpg

 

Sunshine No 99 - 8 colors.jpg

COS0019

COS0020

COS0021

COS0022

COS023

 

 

 

COS0024

COS0025

COS0026

COS0027

COS0028

COS0029

 

 

 

COS0030

COS0031

COS0032

COS0033

 

 

 

COS0034

COS0035

COS0036

COS0037

COS0038

COS0039

 

 

 

COS0040

COS0041

COS0042

COS0043

COS0044

 

 

 

COS0045

COS0046

COS0047

 

 

 

COS0048

COS0049

COS0050

COS0051