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Crayola Product Line

 

Crayola No. 8 (International)

 

The No 8 line was made and sold in several different international locations and started in different years depending on which location.  They are also more difficult to date.  Rather than offer up a complete chronology including unknown boxes, I can only feature what is known and speculate at possible production dates for the versions since so little is documented and not all examples have surfaced.

 

Asia boxes

Canada boxes

Europe boxes

Mexico boxes

 

Asia

Crayola No 8 (Japanese w Tippy) - 8 colors

 

BS1035  Start Date: Unknown  End Date: Unknown  Country:  ASIA

 

Rareness:  7     Est. Value (Mint):  $20    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

Probably from the late 1980s or early 1990s based on the thick font style on the product name.  Version has Tip holding a crayon and some foreign text on it.

 

 

Canada

Crayola No 8 (Canada cyclone) - 8 colors

 

BS0485    Start Date: 1936  End Date: Unknown  Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  8      Est. Value (Mint):  $40    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The design is similar to the 1934 USA version and this is clearly the first Canadian Crayola box made in Canada.  At this time they only subcontracted with Canada Crayon Co. and later they would buy them out.  The name logo much has the larger ‘C’ and ‘A’.  The unique part of this design is the cyclone like lettering of ‘School Crayons’.  Canadian boxes are easily distinguished in the spelling of “color” vs “colour”.  This first example is rare given there are only two known.

 

Crayola No 8 (Canada GM) - 8 colors

 

BS0042   Start Date: 1952  End Date: 1955    Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $25     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

This particular design marks the last of the major designs to feature the actual gold medal on the box.  None of the registered trademark logos are on this version.  It also still references Canada Crayon Co.

Crayola No 8 (GM Canada Arch) - 8 colors

BS1242    Start Date: 1955  End Date: Unknown    Country:  CAN

 

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

 

What makes this unique:

This design is almost a hybrid design from that of the USA versions.  It has much more of the arching text they used in their initial oval logo designs and uniquely added the word crayons arched while at the same time dropping the “Gold Medal” reference.  They also added the two registered trademark logos; one after the ‘L’ in the name and one below the gold medal.  It also still references Canada Crayon but also now acknowledges ‘Binney & Smith Inc.’

 

Crayola No 8 (Oval Canada) - 8 colors

 

BS1195    Start Date: 1972  End Date: 1976    Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  9      Est. Value (Mint):  $20     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

They changed a number of things with this.  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 ‘8’ from the center.  On this version they incorporated the USA logo but with the Canada Crayon Co name in it..

 

Crayola No 8 (Canada oval 1 line) - 8 colors

 

BS0588    Start Date: 1972  End Date: 1974    Country:  CAN

 

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

 

What makes this unique:

They put out a Hexagon version of the line.  This particular version of it includes the reference on the flap under the 8.  It also marks the simplification of the company logo; dropping the Lindsay, Ontario reference.

Crayola No 8 (Canada Hex Stamp) - 8 colors

 

BS0788   Start Date: 1974  End Date: 1978    Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  9      Est. Value (Mint):  $30     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The changes on this version are that the Hexagon reference changes to a Hexagon logo in the upper right rather than reference on the flap.  They also completely dropped the logo and simply added a red maple leaf with the Made in Canada text.  They also added the CP certification logo in the lower left and dropped the Non-Toxic to the bottom.

Crayola No 8 (Canada maple leaf) - 8 colors

 

BS0484    Start Date: 1974  End Date: 1978    Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The changes on this version are similar to that of the Hexagon version.  They completely dropped the logo and simply added a red maple leaf with the Made in Canada text.  They also added the CP certification logo in the lower left and dropped the Non-Toxic to the bottom.

 

Crayola No 8 (Canada yellow Tippy) - 8 colors

 

BS0408    Start Date: 1987  End Date: Unknown    Country:  CAN

 

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

 

What makes this unique:

Very tall hanger flap on this version with a unique design of three colors of crayon markings the last coming from the tip of a blue crayon.  They incorporated a mock trapezoid window during this era of boxes.  They dropped the Made in Canada reference and simply kept the red maple leaf.  They added the registered trademark logo to one of the chevrons by this time.  This also has a green Tip character on it.  Tip was commonly found on international boxes more so than on USA ones.  By this time they were also using the thicker font for the brand name.

Crayola No 8 (Canada yellow hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS0264  Start Date: 1997  End Date: 1999    Country:  CAN

 

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.  This retail version featured the yellow hanger tab and started the signature International crayon tips at the bottom.  Each size package contained a different number of crayons.  For the 8 count box there were three.  This image had a registered trademark even.  By this time they had gone back to an actual window instead of a mock.

Crayola No 8 (Canada green hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS0394  Start Date: 1999  End Date: 2002    Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

Only a visual change occurred for this design generation.  On this retail version, the hanger switched from yellow to green

 

Crayola No 8 (Canadian smile 3 crayons) - 8 colors

 

BS0967  Start Date: 2003  End Date: Current Country:  CAN

 

Rareness:  1      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

In 2003 Binney & Smith redesigned their entire line.  They 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.  The brand name was affixed above the window and used a different font style.  They kept the trademark three crayons but made them slightly longer and dropped the trademark symbol.

 

Europe

Crayola Wachsmalkreiden - 8 colors

 

BS0101   Start Date: Unknown  End Date: Unknown  Country:  EUR

 

Rareness:  9      Est. Value (Mint):  $30    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

Similar to USA versions but without the logo on the front.  This is most likely the German version with the German text for “crayons” on it even though much of the text is in English.

 

Crayola No 8 (wavy trap at top) - 8 colors

 

BS1115   Start Date: Unknown  End Date: Unknown  Country:  EUR

 

Rareness:  10      Est. Value (Mint):  $20    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

Similar to USA versions in the late 70s but they kept this logo much longer in Europe.  The trapezoid window positioned right up to the top is a design technique used in the late 70s also.  No examples have surfaced yet.

 

Crayola No 8 (wavy trapezoid window) - 8 colors

 

BS0548   Start Date: 1984    End Date: 1988     Country:  EUR

 

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

 

What makes this unique:

By this time they had flipped the trapezoid window vertically and dropped it down some.  This is a retail version and had the unique crown opening to hang it with on the hanger tab.  The wavy Binney & Smith logo is still there but a lighter green color.

Crayola No 8 (wavy trap green 8) - 8 colors

 

BS1208  Start Date: 1989    End Date: 1990     Country:  EUR

 

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

 

What makes this unique:

Only real change on this version is the switch of color on the 8 from red to green.

Crayola No 8 (European red 8) - 8 colors

 

BS0601  Start Date: 1997    End Date: 2004     Country:  EUR

 

Rareness:  2      Est. Value (Mint):  $2    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

When Binney & Smith redesigned their line with their familiar rainbow underline logo for their brand name they did it on all international lines too.

Crayola No 8 (smile 3 crayons Europe) - 8 colors

 

BS1207  Start Date: 2005   End Date: Current     Country:  EUR

 

Rareness:  1      Est. Value (Mint):  $2    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

.This version features their smile logo with the Crayola name above it.  This has the three crayons and they also added an upside down crayon tip on the flap on the left side and changed the color of the 8 on the flap to white.

 

Mexico

Crayola No 8 (Mexican Straight) - 8 colors

 

BS1113  Start Date: 1973  End Date: 1976  Country:  MEX

 

Rareness:  10     Est. Value (Mint):  $20    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The Mexican version of the No 8 is easily recognized with the Spanish “Crayones”.  This is an earlier version from the 1970s with the Straight upper/lower case brand name.

Crayola No 8 (Mexico yellow hanger) - 8 colors

BS1113  Start Date: 1997  End Date: 1999  Country:  MEX

 

Rareness:  10     Est. Value (Mint):  $15    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The Mexican version of the No 8 has the yellow hanger tab and the rainbow underline brand name design.