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Crayola Product Line

 

Anti-Roll


Back when Crayola was still under the company name Binney & Smith, they experimented with a number of other crayon lines than just Crayola.  Most of the other lines had a different purpose and they didn't want to diminish the Crayola brand with everything so pressed, pastel and non-rolling crayons usually were experimented under a different crayon line.

 

Such is the case for the non-rolling crayon market.  The Anti-Roll crayons is an example of that.  They launched this line in July 1947 and it lasted up until late 1956 when they moved the line into the Crayola brand and continued under the name "Crayola Anti-Roll".  These were not the first crayons they did that eliminated the rolling problem.  Crayola did hexagon shaped crayons back in 1937 and continued with them up through WWII.

 

Here's a timeline of all the non-rolling crayon lines Crayola has produced over the years:

 

Anti-Roll Timeline.png

 

As you can see, the only current lines are the Crayola Anti-Roll, the Artista II Anti-Roll and the Crayola Triangular (which is available under a regular line and under the Beginnings category of crayon products.

 

There are some variations that have not surfaced for this line based on what I see from the boxes that have survived.

 

1. There should be a No 50 counterpart that does not have the patent information below the Anti-Roll that is similar to the No 25 example.

2. There should be another No 25 box that has the patent information below the Anti-Roll that is similar to the No 50 example.

3. There should be a No 50 with the second design of the boxes.

 

If you need a guide on the definition of the rareness ratings, go here:  Rarity Ratings

 

 

Anti-Roll Drawing - 8 colors.jpg

 

 

BS0329      Start Date: 1947  End Date: 1949  Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $20    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The debut launch design of this crayon line features the Gold Medal Logo that splits the red and white/cream colors from the lower and upper of the box.

 

 

Anti-Roll No 50 - 16 colors.jpg

 

 

BS1399      Start Date: 1949  End Date: 1955  Country:  USA

 

Rareness: 8       Est. Value (Mint):  $30    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The debut launch design of this crayon line features the Gold Medal Logo that splits the red and white/cream colors from the lower and upper of the box.

 

 

Anti-Roll No 25 (Oval White-Red) - 8 colors.jpg

 

 

BS1279      Start Date: 1956  End Date: 1956  Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $25    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

Redesigned just before they rolled this crayon line into the Crayola brand.  They replaced the GM logo with the oval logo and switched to a white bordering design with the red interior.