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Crayola Product Lines

 

Crayola No 8 (USA), 1905 – Current

 

Considered the original line of Crayola but but in reality the No 54 was their first 8 count box.  Still, this line marks the earliest of the long term product lines.  The 6 count and 12 count boxes didn’t follow this design until several years later; having started as the Rubens art crayon line.

 

Crayola No 8 (reverse GM) - 8 colors

 

BS0344      Start Date: 1905  End Date: 1910    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  8      Est. Value (Mint):  $175    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The Gold Medal symbol shows an eagle; this represents the other side of the 1904 St. Louis Worlds Fair medal that Binney & Smith received for their dustless chalk.  This is the only box in this product line that used this side of the medal.

Crayola No 8 (Ornate Paris) - 8 colors

 

BS0001     Start Date: 1910  End Date: 1918    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $75     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

Replaced the eagle side with the other side of the gold medal.  This version has New York and Paris listed at the bottom.

Crayola No 8 (ornate USA) - 8 colors

 

BS0036     Start Date: 1919  End Date: 1928    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $50    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

This version dropped the mention of Paris and instead added the ‘U.S.A.’ after New York.

Crayola No 8 (triangle flap border) - 8 colors

 

BS0037     Start Date: 1928  End Date: 1932    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $30    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (triangle no border) - 8 colors

 

BS0303    Start Date: 1932  End Date: 1933    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $40    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (cyclone) - 8 colors

 

BS0485    Start Date: 1934  End Date: 1934    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $20    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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.  There was a find of a case or two of mint boxes back in 2005 that surfaced.

Crayola No 8 (octogon USA) - 8 colors

 

BS0038    Start Date: 1935  End Date: 1938    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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.  A few mint boxes surfaced in 2006.

Crayola No 8 (octogon no USA) - 8 colors

 

BS0039    Start Date: 1938  End Date: 1940    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 (square) - 8 colors

 

BS0353    Start Date: 1941  End Date: 1945    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $10    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (arch) - 8 colors

 

BS0040    Start Date: 1946  End Date: 1949    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $10    Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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.  These are pretty common to find.

Crayola No 8 (GM Co No Rs) - 8 colors

 

BS1091   Start Date: 1950  End Date: 1953    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $7     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (GM Co Rs) - 8 colors

 

BS0041    Start Date: 1953  End Date: 1955    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $7     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (GM Inc) - 8 colors

 

BS0400    Start Date: 1955  End Date: 1956    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $7     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (oval arch 1 line) - 8 colors

 

BS0482    Start Date: 1956  End Date: 1961    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 (oval arch 2 lines) - 8 colors

 

BS0043    Start Date: 1961  End Date: 1965    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (oval straight 2 lines) - 8 colors

 

BS0301    Start Date: 1966  End Date: 1969    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 ‘8’ 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 8 (oval straight 1 line) - 8 colors

 

BS0704    Start Date: 1970  End Date: 1976    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 (oval straight 3 lines) - 8 colors

 

BS0486    Start Date: 1977  End Date: 1978    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (wavy thin 3 lines) - 8 colors

 

BS0705    Start Date: 1979  End Date: 1984    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 (wavy fat 3 lines) - 8 colors

 

BS0624    Start Date: 1985  End Date: 1987    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (trapezoid) - 8 colors

 

BS0245    Start Date: 1987  End Date: 1987    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  5      Est. Value (Mint):  $3     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (DTC no flap) - 8 colors

 

BS0044    Start Date: 1988  End Date: 1989    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 (DTC) - 8 colors

 

BS0420    Start Date: 1988  End Date: 1989    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  4      Est. Value (Mint):  $5     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

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 8 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 8 (DBC no hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS1322    Start Date: 1990  End Date: 1996    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  7      Est. Value (Mint):  $10     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

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

 

Crayola No 8 (fat hanger) - 8 colors

 

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

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

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

Crayola No 8 (Thick Non-Toxic) - 8 colors

 

BS1046   Start Date: 1992  End Date: 1996    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  3      Est. Value (Mint):  $2     Crayons:  8   Colors:  8

 

What makes this unique:

The only change in this version is that on the flap they replaced the ‘Different Brilliant Colors’ with ‘Non-Toxic’.  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 8 (RU no hanger green 8) - 8 colors

 

BS0045  Start Date: 1997  End Date: 1999    Country:  USA

 

Rareness:  6      Est. Value (Mint):  $4     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 8 down to the center and this time added ‘Certified’ to the Non-Toxic statement up on the flap.  Back also was the sizing information.

Crayola No 8 (RU yellow hanger w crayon) - 8 colors

 

BS0046  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 8 down to the center and this time added ‘Certified’ to the Non-Toxic statement up above the window.  Back also was the sizing information.  This retail version with the hanger flap that was yellow and had a crayon in the upper right.

Crayola No 8 (RU mock window no hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS0839  Start Date: 1999  End Date: 2002    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 bright greed 8 to a slightly smaller red 8.  They also dropped the ‘Certified’ and moved the Non-Toxic to the bottom in place of the sizing information.

 

Crayola No 8 (RU green hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS0285  Start Date: 1999  End Date: 2002    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 bright greed 8 to a slightly smaller red 8.  They also dropped the ‘Certified’ and moved the Non-Toxic to the bottom in place of the sizing information.

 

Crayola No 8 (smile scribble no hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS0643  Start Date: 2003  End Date: 2005    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 (smile scribble hanger) - 8 colors

 

BS0517  Start Date: 2003  End Date: 2005    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 (PBT) - 8 colors

 

BS1243  Start Date: 2006  End Date: Current    Country:  USA

 

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

 

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 8 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.