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Standard Crayon Co.
Danvers, MA
1891 - 1944

 

Aliases

 

Standard Crayon Co.

Binney & Smith Co. (parent company) 1944-1961

 

Locations                                                                                         

 

Danvers, MA

Lynn, MA (factory)

 

 

History

  

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The Standard Crayon Co. is an important pioneering crayon company that started back in 1892 in Danvers, MA.  It was founded by Joseph Hoyt in 1891.  Though they were small, they produced a lot of different crayon boxes.  Like so many of the pioneer companies, they tried different crayon boxes on the market; some with success, some without.  Their flagship brand was the Falcon brand which they debuted in 1892.  In 1895 they ran their first crayon ads with illustrations of the boxes.  Also in October of 1895, Franklin Mfg. Company filed a trademark infringement on Standard Crayon for their use of the trademark “Rainbow” in their new line of “Falcon Rainbow Crayons”.  Standard Crayon immediately ceased their new design but were allowed to sell out the inventory; making this a rare crayon assortment due to the short run.  They also launched their Surprise brand of crayons in 1895.  In 1899 they expanded and moved their factory over to Lynn, MA.  They also launched their Radiant brand.  In 1900 to celebrate, they launched the Centennial brand.  In 1901 they launched their Peacock brand; a brand that would many years later be used by Canadian Crayon Co.  In 1903 they launched their Process brand.  Later that year they defaulted their creditors and a meeting was held on Nov 17 to determine if they should liquidate the company but decided to accept thirty percent cash in full settlement of their claims and to keep the company solvent.  In 1907 they launched three different crayon brands:  The Hummer, Falcon Sunset and Crest.  In 1912 they did their Golden State brand. 

 

By 1904 they were really expanding.  First they moved to Danvers, MA and occupied the former Burns Shoe factory.  They also opened up an office in New York.  Under Mr. Hoyt was Captain Henry N. Conway (a civil war veteran) who was their assistant manager and then became a partner, assistant treasurer and eventually president in 1911. 

 

As they expanded they took over the old Cream of Chocolate factory facing Putnam Street in Danvers.  They used the factory basement and first two stories with manufacturing, box making, printing, had some offices and a shipping area there.  They didn’t have the third story of the building though; that was an underwear manufacturer.

 

By 1916 they had expanded their operations to a square-shaped 2-story building just to the east of their factory.  They used this for storage.

 

In 1925 they bought the lamp factory on Maple Street.  They expanded from crayons to making chalk and went from hand manufacturing to mechanized manufacturing.  In the 1920s they were one of the largest crayon manufacturers in the USA.

 

By 1942 Thomas Laux ran the company and they had expanded to industrial crayons and other marking products.  Throughout that time the continued expanding on the lot they had until they had the entire lot there.

 

In 1944 Binney & Smith bought out the company but kept the name and used it as a subsidiary for the New England area.  By 1961 the Danvers operations ceased manufacturing and became a warehouse operation.  Mr Laux remained President until his death in 1965.  Binney & Smith then closed the Danvers location and operation.

 

The company were also responsible for the cryptic BB company name and crayons.  This took me awhile to determine but they share some common design/product name information and came out at the same time.  I don’t know any of the story as to why they used this name as well but I’ve listed all the BB boxes under here as well.

 

We are very fortunate to have so many of their products documented or survived considering so many of their products were from the late 1800s to 1920s.  One of their wooden canisters has a fancy cap top rather than the ordinary plain cylinder top which is something I’ve only seen on their crayons; unique to the hobby.

 

Known Crayon Boxes

Pics:  1-25, 26-50, 51-75, 76-100, 101-125                                     113

New

Product Name

ID

Box

Colors

Crayons

Box Color

Design

Variation

Years

Rarity

Value

Picture

 

(The) Acme No 123

STC0095

TFT

8

8

Red

Banner

Falcon Flag on flap

1900s

8

$20

Yes

 

(The) Artco Pastel No 8

STC0109

HS

8

8

Green

Line Border

Diagonal fat text

1910s

9

$15

Yes

 

Bon-Ton No 822

STC0096

HS

14

14

White

Thick Border

Circle logo, Standard arching above

1900s

9

$25

Yes

 

Buster Drawing Crayons No 3

STC0002

TT

8

8

Blue

Banner Window

Ornate corners of line border

1900s

7

$15

Yes

 

Butterfly

STC0070

TFT

6

6

White

Butterfly

6 Colors below School Crayons

1900s

9

$25

Yes

 

Butterfly

STC0071

TFT

6

6

White

Butterfly

No 6 Colors below School Crayons

1900s

9

$25

Yes

 

(The) Cadet No S277

STC0072

HS

28

28

White

Civil War Camp

With Shading, B.B logo

1890s

8

$60

Yes

 

(The) Cadet No S277

STC0075

HS

28

28

White

Civil War Camp

Without Shading, B.B logo

1890s

9

$60

Yes

 

(The) Centennial No 76

STC0073

TFT

12

12

Unknown

Circle Banner

Circle with Banner, line border

1900

10

$40

Yes

 

(The) Clover No 205

STC0074

TFT

7

7

Red

Clover

Falcon flap, Diagonal Text in banner

1900s

9

$30

Yes

 

(The) Clover No 205

STC0076

TFT

7

7

Black

Clover

Falcon flap, Diagonal Text in banner

1900s

9

$30

Yes

 

Crayel

STC0003

TFT

8

8

Blue

Long Letters

Y and L are drawn long, orange banner

1920s

6

$10

Yes

 

Crayel No 7

STC0034

TFT

7

7

Tan

Line Border

S in box, Straight name

1900s

9

$15

Yes

 

Crayel No 8

STC0030

HBT

8

8

Green

Line Border

Arched name, generic text

1910s

7

$12

Yes

 

Crayel No 16

STC0032

TFT

16

16

Tan

Line Border

S in box, Straight name

1900s

9

$15

Yes

 

Crayel No 16

STC0033

TFT

16

16

Tan

Ornate Border

Ornate border, artist easel in center

1910s

9

$15

Yes

 

Crayel No 318

STC0027

LID

8

8

Green

Artist Easel

Ornate border, artist easel in center

1910s

8

$25

Yes

 

Crest Light

STC0077

LID

8

8

Green

Label Inset

Line banner dividers, generic text

1900s

9

$20

Yes

 

Crest Light No 808

STC0078

HS

6

6

Unknown

Line Border

Generic text, 808 upper right

1900s

10

$25

Yes

 

Crest Light No 811

STC0079

HS

8

8

Unknown

Line Border

Generic text, 811 lower right

1900s

10

$25

Yes

 

Crest Light No 814

STC0080

HS

8

8

Red

Line Border

Generic text, 814 upper right

1900s

9

$25

Yes

 

Crest Light No 2000

STC0081

VS

12

12

Red

Line Border

Generic text, 2000 upper right

1900s

9

$30

Yes

 

(The) Crown No 815

STC0082

HS

24

24

White

Line Border

WWI scene with soldiers

1919

9

$60

Yes

 

(The) Dove Drawing

STC0083

WC

14

14

Red,Wh,Blue

Dove

Dove above and below

1900s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Dove School No 22

STC0084

HS

28

28

White

Dove

Dove center, list of colors left and right

1900s

9

$40

Yes

 

(The) Dove School No 96

STC0085

HS

28

28

White

Ornate Border

Dove center, ornate bordering

1890s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Empire No 45

STC0087

WC

14

14

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Banner, generic text

1900s

10

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Best No 147

STC0035

TFT

7

7

Unknown

Scene

Boy at table in circle

1890s

10

$35

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Best No 163

STC0036

HS

14

14

Tan

Scene

Boy at table in circle

1890s

9

$40

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Drawing No 63

STC0043

HS

14

14

Unknown

Ornate Border

Falcon in center

1895

10

$70

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Drawing No 816

STC0045

TFT

12

12

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Line Border, Falcon Flag

1890s

10

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Kindergarten No 60

STC0038

HS

12

12

Unknown

Scene

Kids coloring on table; Falcon at top

1890s

10

$60

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Little Artists No 1901

STC0039

WC

14

14

Unknown

Flag

American Flag

1901

10

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon No 1903

STC0020

WC

14

14

Red,WH,Blue

Eagle

Americas Best in front of Eagle

1903

8

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon No 1910

STC0014

WC

14

14

Red

Flag

Thin line around, Falcon flag

1910s

8

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Perfected

STC0042

TFT

7

7

Unknown

Falcon

Curved lettering, Falcon in center, border

1895

10

$70

Yes

 

(The) Falcon School No 44

STC0040

TFT

6

6

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Falcon Flat, line border

1900s

10

$30

Yes

 

(The) Falcon School No 64

STC0041

HS

28

28

Unknown

Flag Emblem

Large Flag Emblem, Falcon symbol,stars

1900s

10

$35

Yes

 

(The) Falcon School No 64

STC0044

HS

28

28

Red,Tan

Flag Emblem

Large Flag Emblem, list of colors

1900s

8

$30

Yes

 

(The) Falcon School No 74

STC0022

LID

12

12

Red,Wh,Black

Stars,Stripes

Falcon Flag inset, Stars/Stripes border

1900s

7

$20

Yes

 

(The) Falcon School No 1908

STC0037

LID

14

14

White

Falcon Flag

Flacon Flag and banners

1908

9

$30

Yes

 

(The) Falcon School No 1910

STC0048

WC

14

14

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Ornate scrolling

1910

10

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Students No 1903

STC0046

WC

14

14

Red,Wh,Blue

Eagle

Americas Best in front of Eagle

1903

8

$50

Yes

 

(The) Falcon Students No 1903

STC0050

WC

14

14

Red,Wh,Blue

Flag

Flag with Standard below

1903

8

$50

Yes

 

Falcon Sunset No 59

STC0001

TFT

7

7

Tan,Red

Line Border

Sun behind Bird

1895

9

$70

Yes

 

Falcon Sunset No 59

STC0021

TFT

7

7

Orange

Line Border

Hourglass Text Effect

1917

9

$60

Yes

 

(The) Favorite School No 669

STC0052

TFT

7

7

Red

Border

Diagonal Text

1900s

9

$20

Yes

 

(The) Favorite School No S278

STC0054

TFT

7

7

White

Line Border

Diagonal Banner, B.B. on flap

1890s

9

$25

Yes

 

Federal No 14

STC0023

TFT

14

14

Blue

Scene

Ornate border with Capitol top

1910s

9

$25

Yes

 

Federal No 48

STC0016

TFT

8

8

Blue

Scene

Ornate border with Capitol top

1910s

7

$15

Yes

 

(The) Gem No 67

STC0090

WC

7

7

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Curved text

1900s

10

$50

Yes

 

(The) Gem No 67

STC0091

WC

7

7

Purple

Falcon Flag

Curved text

1900s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Gem No 67

STC0092

WC

7

7

Red

Falcon Flag

Curved text

1900s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Gem No 73

STC0093

WC

12

12

Red,Wh,Blue

American Flag

B.B. below, American Flag

1900s

9

$50

Yes

 

Giant Wax No 58

STC0094

TFT

14

14

Unknown

Line Border

Generic Text

1900s

10

$30

Yes

 

Good Luck No 387

STC0098

WC

14

14

Brown

Fat Lettering

Curved lines

1900s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Hummer No 124

STC0060

TFT

9

9

Unknown

Line Border

Curved text

1907

10

$15

Yes

 

(The) Hummer No 124

STC0008

TFT

9

9

Tan

Line Border

Falcon flap, S in box

1900s

7

$12

Yes

 

(The) Hummer No 124

STC0061

TFT

9

9

Orange

Line Border

Falcon flap, Generic text

1900s

8

$12

Yes

 

(The) Hummer No 124

STC0062

TFT

9

9

Red

Line Border

Falcon flap, Generic text

1900s

9

$15

Yes

 

(The) Ideal No 300

STC0059

HS

28

28

White

Falcon Flag

Many banners, flag in center

1900s

9

$40

Yes

 

Jelke Good Luck Margarine

STC0051

TT

7

7

Red

Banner Window

Ornate border; private contract box

1900s

9

$30

Yes

 

Junior Artists Drawing No 678

STC0100

HS

28

28

White,Orange

Scene

Boy leaning on tree, list of colors

1900s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Kindergarten No 350

STC0015

LID

8

8

Red

Line Border

White label on top, generic text

1900s

8

$12

Yes

 

(The) Murillo

STC0017

LID

8

8

White

Thick Border

Non-Poisonous, Mother/Daughter inset

1900s

8

$15

Yes

 

Murillo

STC0004

LID

8

8

Brown,Orange

Banner

Narrow window

1920s

7

$10

Yes

 

No. 319

STC0006

LID

8

8

Green

Line Border

Generic; Made for Providence Schools

1900s

9

$12

Yes

 

No. 340

STC0047

LID

8

8

Tan

Line Border

Generic, Round Wax Art

1900s

9

$12

Yes

 

Old Master No 91

STC0055

TFT

8

8

Tan

Ornate Border

Border around name, rest.  Windmill inset

1910s

9

$20

Yes

 

Old Master No 92

STC0005

LID

8

8

Tan

Line Border

White thick border, inset picture

1920s

5

$6

Yes

 

Old Master No 93

STC0025

HBT

8

8

Tan

Line Border

Double line border, arched lettering

1940s

6

$7

Yes

 

Old Master No 94

STC0018

TFT

8

8

Unknown

Line Border

Generic text

1940s

10

$15

Yes

 

Old Master No 94

STC0028

TFT

8

8

Brown

Banner

Windmill inset, ornate banner for name

1940s

8

$20

Yes

 

Onward De Luxe

STC0103

VS

8

8

Red,Wh,Blue

Crayon

Crayon in front of 3 sections

1930s

8

$15

Yes

 

Onward Hexagon

STC0104

TT

10

10

Red

Scrolling

Globe, etc. on table

1930s

9

$25

Yes

 

Onward Hexagon

STC0106

LID

16

16

Red,Wh,Blue

Crayon

Cryaon in front of 3 sections

1930s

8

$20

Yes

 

Onward Hexagon

STC0102

TT

20

20

Red

Scrolling

Globe, etc. on table

1930s

8

$25

Yes

 

Onward Hexagon

STC0105

HS

20

20

Red,Wh,Blue

Window

3 sections by color, window center

1930s

8

$20

Yes

 

(The) Onward No 218

STC0101

HS

8

8

Unknown

Scene

Kids at school, banners above, below

1900s

10

$70

Yes

 

(The) Pastime No 388

STC0108

WC

14

14

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Special Cap top

1900s

10

$100

Yes

 

(The) Peackock No 381

STC0053

TFT

6

6

Unknown

Line Border

Peacock inbox at center, Falcon on flap

1890s

10

$70

Yes

 

Pioneer

STC0111

LID

24

24

Tan

Scene

Pioneer scene

1920s

9

$40

Yes

 

Red Seal No 64

STC0068

TFT

12

12

Tan

Pattern

Checkered pattern background, window

1910s

9

$25

Yes

 

(The) Scholars No 95

STC0088

TFT

14

14

Unknown

Pillars

Two pillars with name in between

1900s

10

$40

Yes

 

Standard Drawing

STC0057

LID

1

12

Tan

Thick Border

Generic text; New York Board of Educ.

1910s

7

$10

Yes

 

Standard Falconia Colors No 711

STC0110

TFT

16

16

Unknown

Falcon Flag

Border with flag in center

1908

10

$35

Yes

 

Standard Leather Checking No 311

STC0113

ST

1

12

Tan

Line Border

Generic Text

1910s

9

$15

Yes

 

Standard No 822

STC0056

TT

14

14

Unknown

Line Border

Girl with umbrella

1890s

10

$70

Yes

 

Standard Round Pressed Art No 380

STC0007

LID

8

8

Tan

Line Border

Generic text

1900s

8

$10

Yes

 

(The) Star School No 1101

STC0063

TFT

7

7

Tan

Fancy Border

Generic Text

1900s

9

$20

Yes

 

Sunset Golden State No 18

STC0097

TFT

8

8

Unknown

Line Border

Sunset scene in center

1900s

10

$20

Yes

 

(The) Surprise Falcon Brand No 52

STC0026

TFT

7

7

Red

Border

No 52 below flap

1900s

9

$15

Yes

 

(The) Surprise School No 49

STC0058

TFT

4

4

Unknown

Line Border

Generic text

1900s

10

$20

Yes

 

(The) Tempco No 10

STC0089

TFT

8

8

Red

Banner

Scrolling banner

1900s

9

$25

Yes

 

(The) Tom Thumb

STC0112

TT

8

8

White

Diagonal Text

Line border, circle lower right

1900s

9

$30

Yes

 

The Three Bears No 55

STC0029

LID

10

10

Black

Scene

Narrow window, 3 bears above it

1900s

8

$30

Yes

 

Treasure Island Junior No 84

STC0067

LID

10

10

Blue

Scene

Pirate with treasure, boat on water

1920s

9

$35

Yes

 

Treasure Island No 82

STC0019

LID

12

12

Blue

Scene

Pirate with treasure, boat on water

1920s

8

$30

Yes

 

(The) Unexcelled Dove No 50

STC0086

TFT

7

7

Unknown

Dove

Dove center, thick border

1890s

10

$30

Yes

 

(The) Velasquez Art Crayon

STC0064

HS

16

16

White

Green Border

Non-Poisonous, Kids at table

1900s

8

$20

Yes

 

(The) Velasquez Art Crayon

STC0009

HS

16

16

White

Colored Border

Non Poisonous, Kids at table

1910s

6

$10

Yes

 

(The) Velasquez Art Crayon

STC0010

HS

16

16

White

Colored Border

Kids at table

1910s

5

$7

Yes

 

(The) Velasquez Art Crayon

STC0011

LID

16

16

Green

Colored Border

Kids at table

1910s

6

$10

Yes

 

(The) Velasquez Art Crayon

STC0065

LID

16

16

Red,Wh,Blue

Artist Pic

Fanned color stripes, narrow window

1920s

9

$30

Yes

 

Velazquez School Wax No 526

STC0066

LID

16

16

Grey

Airplanes

WWI Airplanes, narrow window

1919

9

$50

Yes

 

Velasquez Wax Drawing

STC0012

LID

16

16

Blue

Dual Windows

Long windows top and below

1920s

6

$10

Yes

 

Viking No 48

STC0013

TFT

8

8

White

Boat

Boat on Water

1910s

8

$20

Yes

 

Viking No 48

STC0024

TFT

8

8

Red,White

Angled Text

Viking Diagonal, sea waves below

1920s

6

$10

Yes

 

Viking No 160

STC0069

TFT

16

16

Red,White

Angled Text

Viking Diagonal, sea waves below

1920s

8

$20

Yes

 

Windsor Art No 5

STC0031

TFT

5

5

Green,Black

Scene

Windsor palace

1910s

9

$50

Yes

 

(The) Winner No S284

STC0099

HS

12

12

White

B.B. Center

Candy Cane border, B.B. center circle

1900s

9

$40

Yes