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Crayola Product Line

 

Crayola No 16 (USA)

 

The No 16 line isn’t quite as old as the No 8 line.  They started this size box and line during a major redesign of their product in 1910.  It really marked the end of beginning of the phasing out of many of their initial product designs.  In the case of this line though, there was no 16 count predecessor.  Crayola adopted the 16-color size from Franklin Mfg. Co. who had innovated that particular sized box and saw a trend grow among the industry that phased out the 7-color for the 8-color and the 14-color or 18-color for the 16-color.  By introducing this later, they never utilized the other side (with an Eagle) of their Gold Medal on their first debut of this line.  By 1910, Crayola had switched to this side of the medal and would feature that for 50 years to come. 

 

The crayons inside the box have changed some throughout the years and they began with and used all of the various wrapper types Crayola has bestowed on their crayons starting with the Type 0.  In the first box they debuted in 1910, the colors were: Black, Blue, Brown, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Eng. Vermilion, <Gold Ochre>, Green, <Light Green>, Olive Green, Orange, Red, <Rose Pink>, Violet,  <White>, Yellow.  Burnt Sienna dropped out in 1938.  Cobalt Blue dropped out in 1935.  Eng. Vermilion got replaced by Red in 1935.  <Gold Ochre> wasn't actually named in the original set of colors but was by 1919 when they both redesigned the box and the wrappers on the crayons.  The color was dropped from the product line in 1935.  <Light Green>  also wasn't actually named in the original set of colors but was by 1919.  It got dropped in 1935 as well.  Many colors changed in 1935 as they moved to all upper-case wrapper names.  Olive Green was also dropped in 1935.  <Rose Pink> was another color that wasn't actually named in the original set of colors but got so by 1919 and stayed in the box until they renamed the color Carnation Pink in 1958 (another year of major color changes).  It remains in the box to this day as Carnation Pink.  Violet ultimately had a slight name change when they added (purple) to the color name in 1958.  <White> wasn't originally named but was so by 1919.  As with any of the unnamed originals, over time it may come out that some of those actually did get names on them.  The challenge is that all of the wrappers were hand done during that era; many by outsourcing to local communities for additional workforce.  Given this method, it is highly subject to errors and we have seen some of those show up in boxes that have surfaced in the collector community having survived all these years.  Now, there have been other colors that have resided in the No 16 line over the years as well.  Madder Lake is another old forgotten color that was introduced in 1934 but quickly removed during the big 1935 restructure making it one of the rarest of colors to find in a No 16 box although there are a number of mint examples of this box in the collector's community.  Neutral-Gray was in the box from 1938 to 1945 but after WWII it got dropped when they went to a color-wheel format on their colors and redefined which colors went into the No 16.  Turquoise Blue

and Prussian Blue were also in the No 16 between 1941 and 1945.  Other colors have also come and gone:  macaroni and cheese, robin's egg blue, indian red and more.  Aside from special circumstances boxes, the current color configuration of the No 16 is:  black, blue, blue green, blue violet, brown, carnation pink, green, orange, red, red orange, red violet, violet (purple), white, yellow, yellow green, yellow orange

 

Current No 16 crayons.jpg

 

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

 

 

Crayola No 16 (ornate Paris) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0105     Start Date: 1910  End Date: 1918    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $50     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

This is the first of the No 16 line.  Only the No 8 was used for the Eagle side of the Gold Medal on this line and then in 1910 while switching sides, they also introduced this line.  This version has New York and Paris listed at the bottom.

 

Crayola No 16 (ornate USA) - 16 colors.jpg

 

 

BS1432     Start Date: 1919  End Date: 1928    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  9      Est. Value (Mint):  $50    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

This version dropped the mention of Paris and instead added the ‘U.S.A.’ after New York.  For some reason, this particular version never surfaces.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (Triangle border flap) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0106     Start Date: 1928  End Date: 1932    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $30    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

This version dropped all of the ornate scrolling design in favor of a more art deco style.  In this particular version, they used a design around the wording on the flap that was later dropped.

 

Crayola No 16 (triangle no border) - 16 colors.jpg

 

 

BS1941   Start Date: 1932  End Date: 1933    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  9      Est. Value (Mint):  $40    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In this particular version, they dropped the border design on the flap.  To date there have been very few of these boxes that have surfaced.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (cyclone) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0315    Start Date: 1934  End Date: 1934    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $30    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

A lot of changes.  They again simplified the design and made the name logo much cleaner (but still retaining the larger ‘C’ and ‘A’.  The unique part of this design is the cyclone like lettering of ‘School Crayons’.  They would use this squared off design, switch then to an octagon design but later go back to a different squared off design. 

 

Crayola No 16 (octogonal USA) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0107    Start Date: 1935  End Date: 1938    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $25    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

They switched to an octagon design.  In this particular version, they still use the ‘U.S.A.’ after New York at the bottom.  That is later dropped.  Occasionally a mint box will surface.

 

Crayola No 16 (Octgonal no USA) - 16 colors

 

BS0811    Start Date: 1938  End Date: 1940    Country:  USA

 

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

 

What makes this unique:

They dropped the ‘U.S.A.’ after New York at the bottom of this version.  This is also the last version in this line to still use the large ‘C’ and ‘A’ in the name.  This version is much more obscure than it’s predecessor; having few examples surface.

 

Crayola No 16 (square) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0108    Start Date: 1941  End Date: 1945    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $15    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The Crayola name was simplified to using all uppercase same size lettering instead of the larger ‘C’ and ‘A’ of it’s predecessors.  They also dropped the Trade Mark reference with this box.  These are pretty common to find.

 

Crayola No 16 (arched) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0351   Start Date: 1946  End Date: 1949    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $20    Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

A unique transition box.  This is the last of the boxes to use the solid green background with yellow text.  This box is unique for the arching design to separate the upper section from the middle section

 

Crayola No 16 (GM No Rs) - 16 colors

 

 

BS1090   Start Date: 1950  End Date: 1953    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $10     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The first of the designs to use the chevron striping look.  This particular design marks the last of the major designs to feature the actual gold medal on the box.  This particular version has none of the registered trademark logos they added later.  It also still references ‘Binney & Smith Co.’ which later got changed to ‘Inc.’ as the company incorporated during the box design era.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (GM Co) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0109    Start Date: 1953  End Date: 1955    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $10     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The second version of this design.  This particular design marks the last of the major designs to feature the actual gold medal on the box.  This particular version two registered trademark logos; one between the ‘L’ and ‘A’ in the name and one below the gold medal.  It also still references ‘Binney & Smith Co.’ which later got changed to ‘Inc.’ as the company incorporated during the box design era.

 

Crayola No 16 (GM Inc) - 16 colors

 

 

BS1089    Start Date: 1955  End Date: 1956    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $10     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The third and last version of this design.  This particular design marks the last of the major designs to feature the actual gold medal on the box.  This particular version has the two registered trademark logos; one between the ‘L’ and ‘A’ in the name and one below the gold medal.  It also still references ‘Binney & Smith Inc.’ which got changed from ‘Co.’ as the company incorporated during the box design era.  This version doesn’t show up as often as the ‘Co.’ versions for some reason.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (oval arched 1 line below) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0111    Start Date: 1956  End Date: 1961    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $10     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

This marks the first design with their oval swirling crayon logo that they used as their company logo up to the mid 1970s.  The first designs kept an arching name.  Note that the trademark shifted to after the letter ‘A’.  This particular version has only one line of text at the bottom; ‘Made in U.S.A.’

 

Crayola No 16 (oval arched 2 lines below) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0110    Start Date: 1961  End Date: 1965    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $8     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

This is the second variation of this design.  They added ‘NON-TOXIC’ below their logo.  You may also start to find stamped prices somewhere on the box.  These weren’t necessarily part of the box design, merely a pricing add on later either at the factory or at the store.  There was no rule on where these were to be stamped and thus, you might find a lot of variation based on the particular box you acquire.

Crayola No 16 (oval straight 2 lines below) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0352   Start Date: 1966  End Date: 1969    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

They changed a number of things with this design although overall the changes are fairly subtle.  First, they dropped the ‘No.” on the flap.  Second, they stopped arching the lettering and went from an all upper case name to Upper/Lower case.  They dropped the redundant ‘16’ from the center of the box and added the word ‘Different’.  They added a registered trademark symbol next to their logo and on both chevrons and finally, they flipped the bottom text so that Non-Toxic was at the very bottom.  They also replaced the ‘Made in U.S.A.’ with ‘New York, N.Y.’

 

 

Crayola No 16 (oval straight 1 line below) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0112    Start Date: 1970  End Date: 1976    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Only a minor change for this particular variation and that was the dropping of the text for ‘New York, N.Y.’ below.

 

Crayola No 16 (Oval straight 3 lines below) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0891    Start Date: 1977  End Date: 1978    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Another minor change for this last particular variation and that was the addition of two lines of content information they put below the logo.  The registered trademark symbol that is by their logo does show up slightly larger with this variation too.

Crayola No 16 (wavy) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0493    Start Date: 1979  End Date: 1984    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In 1978 Binney & Smith changed their corporate logo and by 1979 had replaced it on all of their product.  While they changed the logo, they also made a few subtle changes as well.  They used a font for their name that was much wider and shorter than the previous and the trademark symbol got smaller.  In addition, they dropped one of the trademark symbols that were on both chevrons.  They also replaced the Non-Toxic with metric information as this was the era the USA was going to convert to metric.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (wavy fat) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0687    Start Date: 1984  End Date: 1985    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $8     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Small changes but one very noticeable one.  They moved to a very thick font for their name.  By this time, they had also acquired the registered trademark for their new company logo and added the symbol next to it.

 

Crayola No 16 (fat trapezoid window) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0610    Start Date: 1987  End Date: 1987    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In the mid to late 1980s Binney & Smith moved to defining two types of packaging:  Retail packaging with hanger tabs on them and the same design using their standard front flap box for bulk/school sector.  Not necessarily every variation got made with both types of packaging though.  This particular box marked an era where they first used a window to see the crayons in this product line.  Gone is the company logo from the front.

Crayola No 16 (DTC no hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0701    Start Date: 1988  End Date: 1989    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $15     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

For a couple of years, Binney & Smith had a slogan of ‘Development through Creativity’ or DTC.  They used on their product line designs during this era.  The version represents the bulk box of this era.  A number of changes had occurred as well.  They moved the ‘Different Brilliant Colors’ up to the flap.  They dropped all the sizing information with the exception of the crayon count.  They also for the first time introduced another green color to part of their box.

 

Crayola No 16 (DTC) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0686    Start Date: 1988  End Date: 1989    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $15     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

For a couple of years, Binney & Smith had a slogan of ‘Development through Creativity’ or DTC.  They used on their product line designs during this era.  A number of changes had occurred as well.  They moved the ‘Different Brilliant Colors’ up to the hanger flap and  with more room on the hanger, moved the 16 to the far left.  This also allowed for a window in the shape of a half oval (which would come to be known as the smile window and eventually be designed that way).  They dropped all the sizing information with the exception of the crayon count.  They also for the first time introduced another green color to part of their box.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (fat no hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0455    Start Date: 1990 End Date: 1996    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Very similar to the earlier version just no longer with their DTC logo.

 

Crayola No 16 (fat lettering window hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0304    Start Date: 1990  End Date: 1996    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Very similar to the earlier version just no longer with their DTC logo.

 

Crayola No 16 (fat lettering yellow hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0678   Start Date: 1992  End Date: 1996    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The only change in this version is that on the flap they replaced the ‘Different Brilliant Colors’ with ‘Non-Toxic’ and added sizing info.  There is speculation this particular box was used as part of larger package offerings and not sold individually.  There is no indication if this version ever had a corresponding non-hanger version or not.  If one surfaces, I’ll add it.

 

Crayola No 16 (purple 16 no hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0366  Start Date: 1997  End Date: 1999    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

The company redid their entire packaging in 1997 and created the familiar rainbow underline below their name.  They moved the 16 down to the center and this time added ‘Certified’ to the Non-Toxic statement up on the flap.

 

Crayola No 16 (RU yellow hanger w crayon) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0242  Start Date: 1997  End Date: 1999    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The company redid their entire packaging in 1997 and created the familiar rainbow underline below their name.  They moved the 16 down to the center and this time added ‘Certified’ to the Non-Toxic statement up above the window.  This retail version with the hanger flap that was yellow and had a crayon in the upper right.

 

Crayola No 16 (RU green hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0280  Start Date: 1999  End Date: 2002    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Some visual and some subtle changes occurred for this design generation.  On this retail version, the hanger switched from yellow to green and they removed the crayon from it.  They also switched from a purple 16 to a red 16.  They also dropped the ‘Certified’ and moved the Non-Toxic to the bottom in place of the sizing information.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (RU mock window no hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0890  Start Date: 2000  End Date: 2000    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $8     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Some visual and some subtle changes occurred for this design generation.  First, on the bulk version they moved to a mock window on the flap.  They also switched from a purple 16 to a  red 16.  They also dropped the ‘Certified’ and moved the Non-Toxic to the bottom in place of the sizing information.

 

 

Crayola No 16 Repro - 16 colors.jpg

 

 

BS0347  Start Date: 2002  End Date: 2002    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

This was a special retro-reproduction of their pre-war 1941-45 era box although this version has a hanger tab.  This was only available for a short time and so it should go up in rareness over time I would expect.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (scribble) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0492  Start Date: 2003  End Date: 2005    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In 2003 Binney & Smith redesigned their entire line and introduced with multicolored scribble logo on their boxes.  They also took advantage of the window’s shape of a smile and enhanced that to actually look like a smile.  For this retail box version they used a mock window for the first time instead of an actual window.  The flap remains green but instead of ‘Crayons’ on the right side, they replaced it with ‘Bright and Vivid Colors’.  They incorporated the count with the non-toxic statement below.

 

 

 

Crayola No 16 (smile scribble no hanger) - 16 colors

 

 

BS0709  Start Date: 2003  End Date: 2005    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In 2003 Binney & Smith redesigned their entire line and introduced with multicolored scribble logo on their boxes.  They also took advantage of the window’s shape of a smile and enhanced that to actually look like a smile.  For this bulk box version they used a mock window and dropped it down from the flap to the main part of the box.  They put the 8 on the flap again.  They incorporated the count with the non-toxic statement below.

 

 

 

Crayola No 16 (PBT) - 16 colors

 

 

BS1260  Start Date: 2006  End Date: 2010    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

Again in late 2005/early 2006 Binney & Smith redesigned their line slightly and introduced the ‘Preferred by Teachers’ logo (PBT).  Gone was the scribble logo and they added a very large red 16 but moved the non-toxic statement to the left chevron.  The hanger remained the same.  It is uncertain if there is a bulk version for this design.  If one surfaces, I will add it.

 

Crayola No 16 (red Preferred by Teachers) - 16 colors.jpg

 

 

BS1433  Start Date: 2011  End Date: Current    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  1      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In 2011, Crayola changed the coloring on their "Preferred by Teachers" design moving it from a blue to a red banner.  They dropped the checkmark on it too.  In addition, they added an orange crayon tip coming up from the bottom left corner.  This is consistent with many of the designs from this era.  The replaced the really large 16 and dropped that down to a white 16 within a red circle and moved "CRAYONS" up and made it much larger typefont.  Nontoxic was moved to the center and they dropped the small crayon count from the prior version.  They also replaced the wording on the upper right hanger tab with another orange crayon tip descending from the top.

 

 

Crayola No 16 (Preferred by Teachers pink) - 16 colors.jpg

 

 

BS1710  Start Date: 2015  End Date: 2015    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $7     Crayons:  16   Colors:  16

 

What makes this unique:

In 2015, Crayola put out a special pink version of their No 16 for Valentines Day.  The box colors were changed to pink and red and hearts were added throughout the face of the crayon box.  They also changed up the colors to fit the theme:  lavender, razzle dazzle rose, magenta, salmon, piggy pink, mauvelous, red, purple heart, blue violet, vivid violet, violet (purple), orchid, black, silver, white