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Gurley Novelty Co
Buffalo, NY
1939 - 1979

Aliases

 

W&F Manufacturing Co. Inc. 1939 - 1949

Gurley Novelty Co 1949 - 1979

 

Locations

 

Buffalo, NY

 

History

 

Candlemaker Franklin Gurley started the company as W&F Manufacturing Co. Inc. and they were commissioned by Socony-Vacuum Oil Company (Now ExxonMobil) as a way to reuse excess paraffin produced as a by-product of the oil refinery business.  Their main products were under the Tavern brand name but in 1949 Franklin Gurley bought the rights to the brand and changed the name over to Gurley Novelty Co.  They primarily made candles but they also made at least one crayon product if not more.

 

It is unclear when they first introduced crayons to their product line.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

 

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Toy Doggie

GNC0001

CPP

5

5

Clear

Picture of dog

Dog shaped crayons

8

$7

 

Photos

 

 

Toy Doggie - 5 figures.jpg

 

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