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The Definitive History of the Colors of Crayola

Part 22 Ė Magic and Mystery

 

This is a multi-part series of articles written to tell the tale of the history of color names for Crayola.

You can visit earlier parts here: Part 1 - In the Beginning there was..., Part 2 - The Original Color Line Up, Part 3 - Other Color Names, Part 4 - The Gold Medal Changeover, Part 5 - Dwindling Down, Part 6 - Changes in the Roaring 20s, Part 7 - Crayola Color Wheel, Part 8 - New Assortments Equals New Color Changes, Part 9 - Crayola's Biggest Assortment Secret, Part 10 - War Time Changes, Part 11 - Enter the No. 48, Part 12 - The 50s, Part 13 - The Revolutionary No. 64, Part 14 - The Consistent Years, Part 15 - Specialty Crayons, Part 16 - Fun Alternative Color Names, Part 17 - Heavy Metal, Part 18 - More So Big, Part 19 - Decade of Experimentation, Part 20 - Dawn of the Color Naming Contest, Part 21 - Contest Winners and more Specialty Crayons

 

Magic Scents

 

In July 1994 Crayola came out with a new specialty crayon line called Magic Scents.The idea was that the crayons released a specific and familiar scent when they were colored with.The line was launched in the USA, Canada, United Kingdom and even Germany had a version called ďParfumes

 

The entire line was a riddled with confusion and controversy.

 

Boxes:

 

This line had multiple designs associated with it.It came in what was loosely referred to as:food-related crayons and non-food related crayons.They also came in two different assortment sizes:8-color and 16-color.For the most part, a major difference between the 8-color crayon boxes and the 16-color ones was that the 8-color assortments used the large size crayons, not the standard size found in the 16-color boxes.Of course, their last design from 1995 didnít follow that rule and contained only 8 of the standard size renamed crayons in it.

 

It has commonly been associated that for the USA boxes, the food-related boxes can be identified because they show a strawberry and grapes on the front package and that the non-food related boxes contain a rose and an evergreen tree on the front.The idea here being that you can eat a strawberry or grape but werenít likely to eat a rose or evergreen.I donít know that we can necessarily make that assumption (but more on that later).Here are the examples of all the known boxes:

 

The 8-color boxes:

Crayola Magic Scent - 8 colorsCrayola Magic Scent (rose pine) - 8 colorsCrayola Magic Scent (rose lilac) - 8 colors.jpgCrayola Magic Scent (UK) - 8 colors.jpgCrayola Parfumes (box) - 8 colors

The 16-color boxes:

Crayola Magic Scent (strawberry coconut) - 16 colorsCrayola Magic Scent (grape) - 16 colorsCrayola Magic Scent - 16 colors†††Crayola Magic Scent (Canada) - 16 colors††Crayola Magic Scent (rose tree Canada) - 16 colors

All of these assortment designs and configurations of colors produced a number of mysteries surrounding this specialty set.

If the USA produced six different versions of boxes for Magic Scent, did Canada do the same?Perhaps not the first or final but it is conceivable that there was also an 8-color version of the above Strawberry-Lime box and that there was also an 8-color version from 1995 with non-food related crayons from Canada.If this were the case, that would mean we would have the following assortment designs:
USA Ė Strawberry-Coconut 8 crayon box (food related) *theoretical, no boxes have surfaced to date
USA Ė Strawberry-Grapes 8 crayon box (food related)
USA Ė Rose-Pine 8 crayon box (non-food related)
USA Ė Rose-Lilac 8 crayon box (non-food related)
USA Ė Strawberry-Coconut 16 crayon box (food-related)
USA Ė Strawberry-Grapes 16 crayon box (food-related)
USA Ė Rose-Pine 16 crayon box (non-food related)
USA Ė Rose-Lilac 16 crayon box (non-food related) *theoretical, no boxes have surfaced to date
Canada Ė 8 crayon box (food related) *theoretical, no boxes have surfaced to date
Canada Ė 8 crayon box (non-food related) *theoretical, no boxes have surfaced to date
Canada Ė 16 crayon box (food related)
Canada Ė 16 crayon box (non-food related)
UK Ė Muli-object 8 crayon box (non-food related)
Germany Ė Parfumes 8 crayon box (non-food related)

Circling back to the food concept (I told you Iíd get to it) by 1995, after selling more than three million of the specialty crayons, they reissued a whole new set of colors based on the results from a public concern over whether children would actually smell the food-related crayons and eat them.Though Crayola didnít have a lot of actual cases of this happening, the perception was reality enough to prompt more focus groups to substitute colors with food names to colors with non-food names.

While one would imagine a swapping out of color names would be fairly straight forward, the evidence we find with the color assortments showed that it was not.The problem was in the transitioning of crayons and boxes.For example, the food-related boxes with the strawberry and grape on the front can be found only with 1994 copyrights on them.The non-food related boxes have versions with both 1994 and 1995.In the case of the 16-color box with the rose and pine on the front Ė this can be found with food related crayons if the box is a 1994 box.Not only that, they changed a couple of crayons in the process:grape changed to lilac and orange changed to jelly bean.

Magic Scents Original Food Colors 1994.jpg†† Magic Scents Revised Food Colors 1994.jpg††Magic Scents Non-Food 1995.bmp

Here the list of colors in the known boxes:

Magic Scents UK Non-Food 1995.jpgStawberry-Grape 8 crayon box (1994):
banana, blueberry, bubble gum, cherry, chocolate, licorice, lime, orange

Strawberry-Grape 16 crayon box: (1994):
banana, blueberry, bubble gum, cherry, chocolate, licorice, lime, orange
plus coconut, fresh air, grape, lemon, peach, pine, strawberry, rose

Strawberry-Coconut 16 crayon box: (1994):
banana, blueberry, bubble gum, cherry, chocolate, coconut, fresh air, grape, lemon, licorice, lime, orange, peach, pine, rose, strawberry

Rose-Pine 16 crayon box (1994):
banana, blueberry, bubble gum, cherry, chocolate, coconut, fresh air, jelly bean (replaced orange)
lilac (replaced grape), licorice, lime, lemon, peach, pine, strawberry, rose

Rose-Pine 8 crayon box (1995):
baby powder, dirt, fresh air, leather jacket, pine, rose, soap, tulip

Rose-Pine 16 crayon box (1995):
baby powder, dirt, fresh air, leather jacket, pine, rose, soap, tulip plus daffodil, cedar chest, eucalyptus, lilac, lumber, new car, shampoo, smoke

Rose-Lilac 8 crayon box (1995):
baby powder, dirt, fresh air, leather jacket, pine, rose, soap, tulip

United Kingdom 8 crayon box (1994):
baby powder, earth, fresh air, leather jacket, pine, rose, soap, shampoo

German 8 crayon box (Parfumes 1994):
baby powder, earth, fresh air, leather jacket, pine, rose, soap, shampoo

Canadian Strawberry-Lime 16 crayon box (1994)
blueberry, chocolate, coconut, bubble gum, cherry, lime, banana, peach, orange, licorice, strawberry, lemon, rose, pine, lilac & fresh air

Canadian Rose-Pine 16 crayon box (1994)
baby powder, dirt, fresh air, leather jacket, pine, rose, soap, tulip
plus daffodil, cedar chest, eucalyptus, lilac, lumber new car, shampoo, smoke

Mysteries and Inconsistencies

So, after all this, what did we learn?

The idea of the Strawberry-Grape or Strawberry-Coconut boxes having food-related crayons was an inconsistent grouping at best.If those boxes were for a food-related group of colors why were there colors like fresh air and pine?

The idea of Rose-Pine box having non-food-related crayons, while a consistent grouping, was unreliable to adequately describe the boxes because the 1994 versions of this box also contained most of the food related crayons.

The only way to obtain a jelly bean color crayon was to find the Rose-Pine box with a 1994 copyright; making it one of the rarer Crayola color names to obtain.The lilac color replaced grape but wasnít quite as rare because it could still be found in the 1995 box since it was a non-food related color.

Why was there a Strawberry-Coconut box design?Given that the colors are the earliest assortment and that the copyright is 1994, one would have to assume that they perhaps started with this version in a test market or something and then replaced that quickly with the grape design.This would account for the extreme rarity of this particular assortment compared to the others.

Was there an 8-color Strawberry-Coconut box?None have surfaced so only time will tell if we solve that mystery.It would be highly unlikely that would affect the color line up though.The same goes for the Rose-Lilac 16-color box; was there ever one?

It would appear that they purposely swapped from the Strawberry-Grape boxes to the Rose-Pine boxes but they had to have done that in 1994 as there was a USA version of Rose-Pine from 1994.

Why did they switch from Strawberry-Grape to Rose-Pine?Clearly it looks like they did it sometime in late 1994 after having run the others for awhile.They were still putting food-related crayon colors inside these boxes.One could speculate that they made the design change independent of having to switch out food-related smells for non-food related smells.Perhaps they made the box change in late 1994, did a couple color replacements at the same time (lilac and jelly bean) and THEN came the volunteer shut down of the food-related crayons and the introduction of all non-food related crayons and finally they even switched box design again in 1995 to the Rose-Lilac combination before being taken off the market.This would explain the rarity of the Rose-Lilac version as well.

Also, it is interesting to note that in the Canadian version with the Strawberry-Lime, there is lilac, not grape but orange is still there and jelly bean isnít.Did they ever make that color switch in the Canadian version?

Does a box exist with a large jelly bean crayon?If the above theory were correct, it is conceivable.They replaced orange with jelly bean and orange was one of the colors in the 8-color box.It stands to reason that they could have swapped orange with jelly bean in a late 1994 box of the Rose-Pine.Since grape wasnít in the 8-color boxes that would have been the only color change out.So the question stands Ė If a 16-color box existed from 1994 with food-related crayons and a swapped orange-jelly bean color line up, why not also the 8-color box of large crayons?Perhaps in time this mystery will get solved.

Another mystery is why did they move from the large size crayons in their original 8-color box to standard crayons for their last 8-color box?Perhaps the line wasnít doing well enough to warrant molding two different sizes or perhaps the larger ones just werenít selling as well.Again, these were only questions and theories with no answers.

All of the colors from the Magic Scent specialty set were simply existing true colors injected with a scent.While this may blur the definition of what is unique and not, from a pure color perspective, these true colors hadnít changed and therefore only warrant a name variation, not a true color introduction.

The mapping of colors was as follows:
Banana used the true color Dandelion††††††††††††††††††††††† Baby powder used the true color White
Blueberry
used the true color Blue (second)†††††††††††† Cedar chest used the true color Mahogany
Bubble gum
used the true color Tickle Me Pink††††††† Daffodil used the true color Yellow
Cherry
used the true color Maroon†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Dirt used the true color Sepia
Chocolate
used the true color Brown††††††††††††††††††††††††† Earth used the true color Sepia
Coconut
used the true color White†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Eucalyptus used the true color Jungle Green
Fresh air
used the true color Sky Blue†††††††††††††††††††††††† Leather jacket used the true color Black
Grape
used the true color Violet (purple)††††††††††††††††††† Lumber used the true color Apricot
Jelly Bean
used the true color Red Orange††††††††††††††† New car used the true color Blue
Lemon
used the true color Yellow †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Shampoo used the true color Carnation Pink
Licorice
used the true color Black††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Smoke used the true color Gray
Lilac
used the true color Wisteria††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Soap used the true color Periwinkle
Lime
used the true color Yellow Green††††††††††††††††††††††† Tulip used the true color Orange
Orange
used the true color Orange†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Peach
used the true color Peach†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Pine
used the true color Pine Green††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Rose
used the true color Red††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
Strawberry
used the true color Wild Strawberry

Of course, not all of these were new names.Orange, Peach and Strawberry had already been used however, this specialty set did introduce us to 28 new color names.

The common misconception is that there were 30 unique color scent names used.Of course, once again, most documentation out there is wrong because thanks to the UK folks, they used Earth instead of going with Dirt.With this color name being only available in the UK version and the German version (Parfumes), that meant that the color name was only found in a large crayon because they didnít put out a 16-color version (that we know of).The other change with their assortments was the inclusion of shampoo over tulip; which is what the other 8-color versions contained.

Changeables

Crayola also brought another specialty crayon set to market in 1994 that impacted their color line up.Changeables were an ingenious but simple twist on the traditional crayon that allowed one color to be laid down and then changed into another color by coloring over it with a special crayon simply called the Color Changer.

 

The science behind the product is that there are two chemical phenol-formaldahyde compounds working to make this happen.One is the paper with the first color and one is in the color changer crayon (a reactor that provides color variation).When these chemicals mix they 'develop' or change color. This development process often takes a few seconds for the new color to appear.†† Naturally, for kids (and perhaps many adults alike) the whole process appears magical.

 

 

Crayola Changeables - 8 colorsCrayola Changeables - 6 colorsChangeables 1994.jpg

 

When you have a dual color crayon, youíre going to get unusual crayon names:blue to magenta, green to violet, orange to black, pink to yellow, red to blue, yellow to green, color changer (or colour changer for the Canadian version).Once again, Crayola had blurred the concept of true color as it related to their color history list.Is the normal blue true color different if one applies a reactor to it in order to change to another standard true color?Thatís a tough one to call but Iím going to give them the benefit of the doubt and call all of these unique names and true colors.No other true colors can simply change like that.

Crayola Glitter (purple big) - 16 colors.jpg

This specialty set was only available in an 8-crayon assortment which only contained six actual changeable colors along with two of the color changers.As such, that did give us 6 new colors and one oddity crayon (the color changer) that had wrappers with two distinct variations due to the English spelling of the world ďcolor.Ē

 

GlitterÖchanges

 

After launching the Glitter specialty crayon set just a year earlier in 1993, Crayola dropped all of the color names from the crayons at the same time they removed the ďNewĒ from the assortment boxes.When Crayola changes their wrappers on their crayons, there isnít always a clean correlation from changing their assortment boxes.In this case, even though they dropped the ďNewĒ from the boxes and replaced the colors, one could still find straggler names in an assortment.The most likely cause of that was a result of depleting out all the existing named colors before using the new colors.Eventually, the colors were all unnamed and continued that way for several years.

 

By making this change though, we technically lost sixteen true colors (true color variants for black, blue, blue green, carnation pink, green, maroon, orange, orchid, periwinkle, red, red violet, sky blue, violet, white, yellow, yellow green) from the list since I donít bother to try and keep track of the unnamed colors out there.

 

1992 New Colors.jpgSpeaking of Changes

 

By 1994 Crayola had fulfilled their obligation to put the color naming contest winners on their crayons for a year.After that year was up in November, they went back to their regular Big Box along with the new colors for the first time in their own standard wrapper.We had asparagus, cerise, denim, granny smith apple, macaroni and cheese, mauvelous, pacific blue, purple mountainís majesty, razzmatazz, robinís egg blue, shamrock, tickle me pink, timber wolf, tropical rain forest, tumbleweed, wisteria.Of course, all of these were true colors back in 1992 at the start of the contest and had been given names their color names in 1993 but they were still a special crayon at the time.These only constitute a name variation from the contest names used earlier and not new color names; although I did switch them so that the color name uses their proper names and the variations are the contest versions.

 

Goodbye Silver Swirls and Gemtones

 

A big effect on the color list was the loss of the Silver Swirl specialty set after the line went off the market between 1993 and 1994. This took away 24 named and true colors from their active list.At the same time they finally pulled the remaining Gemtones too which pulled another 16 colors from the list.

 

Glow in the Dark

 

1994 must really have been an all-out busy year because Crayola also launched another special effect concept.Glow in the Dark crayons were specially formulated to color onto black paper and then glow when you put them somewhere dark.These too were marketed in Canada, USA and the UK.

 

Crayola Glow in the Dark - 8 colors.jpg†† Crayola Glow in the Dark (Canada) - 8 colors.jpg†††Crayola Glow in the Dark (3 ghosts) - 8 colors.jpg

 

They didnít really put proper color names on these crayons.The initial set from the USA didnít have anything on them at all.

 

Glow in the Dark Large 1994.jpgGlow in the Dark Crayons Canada 1994.jpgGlows in the Dark Crayons UK 1994.jpg

 

The Canadian version didnít put names on their crayons either and chose to put in a black crayon as an outline color.In the UK they chose four of the colors and put an effect rather than a color; three of the colors had glows orange and one glows yellow.The rest of the colors were outline colors without color names but in reality they were black, brown, blue and green.

 

For the purposes of the color list, each of the glow in the dark colors were different true colors even though three of them had the same name/effect.As such, all the ones with a name get included and those without do not (for who knows what color they were; these were unique true colors even though they were unnamed).

 

More Assortments

 

In addition to these, Crayola repackaged several of their existing fluorescent crayons into a specialty assortment and called them ďNeonsThis wasnít the first weíd heard of Neons before.Just the year before, in 1993, they had introduced a Pizzazz Pak assortment that gave us our first introduction to the new name.Of course, these didnít have any bearing on the color line other than they were the first time the new fluorescent names had been offered in a large size crayon.But really, they were merely just another way of packaging their existing color base.In the UK they used the singular form, Neon.

 

Crayola Neons - 8 colors.jpgCrayola Neons (short text at bottom) - 16 colors.jpg††Crayola Neon (Trap double arches) - 16 colors.jpg††Crayola Glitter and Neons - 16 colors.jpg

 

Crayola Peope Pack Multination - 16 colors.jpgThey also put out a Glitter and Neons 16-color assortment featuring eight glitter colors and the eight neon colors.These too were merely repackaging efforts.

 

Finally that year they put out an assortment box called People Pack Multination.This was Canadaís bid at addressing how to color people.Whereas the original color Flesh (Flesh Tint, Pink Beige, Peach) always got misinterpreted as being associated with skin tone, this was yet another of Crayolaís politically correct responses to address the growing demand to have a better set of colors from which to accurately color people from all over the world.This too was simply a repackaging of existing colors but a convenient way for consumers to have all the colors they needed handy for such a task.This followed up the Multination line from 1990 and the My World Colors from 1992.

 

International Differences

 

On occasion, the folks in Bedford England made minor changes to color names to suit the European market.We saw earlier changes when some of the renamed fluorescent colors had different new names in Europe.In 1994 they chose to do a very minor change with Macaroni and Cheese by substituting the ďandĒ or a ď&Ē instead.This variation difference continued for several years; first with their older two-language wrappers and then later with their single ďCEĒ wrapper.However, because they only were released in Europe they are very difficult to get a hold of.

 

Name the Colors Contest

 

Though Purple Mountainís Majesty was only named in 1992 as one of the contest colors for the sixteen newly introduced colors, it only took two years for Crayola to make a subtle change to the name.Who knows if it was a labeling glitch or an official but quiet change but from 2004 the color Purple Mountain Majesty appeared.They had removed the apostrophe from the color name.This was only a minor variation to an existing color name but duly noted in the chronology.

 

Purple Mountain Majesty comparison 1.jpg

 

With all these changes for 1994 and 1995, for the purposes of our color history, at the end of 1994 we had the following changes:

 

Amethyst was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Asparagus was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Aztec Gold was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Banana was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Dandelion

Baby powder was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from White

Black was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Blue was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Blue Green was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Blue to Magenta was a new color name and true color used for the Changeables specialty set
Blueberry
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Blue (second)

Bubble gum was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Tickle Me Pink

Burnished Brown was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Cedar chest was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Mahogany

Carnation Pink was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Cerise was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Cerulean Frost was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Cherry was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Maroon

Cinnamon Satin was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Chocolate was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Brown

Citrine was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Coconut was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from White

color changer was a special crayon used to change a previously color to a new color and was used for the Changeables specialty set

colour changer was a special crayon used to change a previously color to a new color and was used for the Canadian Changeables specialty set

Copper Penny was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Cosmic Cobalt was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market
Daffodil
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Yellow

Denim was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest
Dirt
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Sepia
Earth
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents only in Europe but itís true color came from Sepia

Emerald was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market
Eucalyptus
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Jungle Green
Fresh air
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Sky Blue

Glossy Grape was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Granite Gray was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Granny Smith Apple was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Grape was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Violet (purple)

Green was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Green Sheen was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Green to Violet was a new color name and true used for the Changeables specialty set

Jade was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Jasper was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Jelly Bean was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Red Orange

Lapis Lazuli was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Leather jacket was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Black

Lemon was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Yellow

Licorice was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Black

Lilac was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Wisteria

Lilac Luster was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Lime was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Yellow Green

Lumber was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Apricot

Macaroni and Cheese was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Macaroni & Cheese was the European naming variation for the true color Macaroni & Cheese

Malachite was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Mauvelous was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Moonstone was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Maroon was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Misty Moss was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Mystic Maroon was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market
New car
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Blue

Onyx was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Orange was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Orange was a color name used for the Magic Scents but both itís name and true color came from Orange†††††††††

Orange to Black was a new color name and true color used for the Changeables specialty set

Orchid was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Pacific Blue was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest
Peach
was a color name used for the Magic Scents but both itís name and true color came from Peach

Pearly Purple was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Peridot was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Periwinkle was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Pewter Blue was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Pine was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Pine Green

Pink Pearl was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market††††††††††††††††††††††
Pink to Yellow was a new color name and true color used for the Changeables specialty set

Polished Pine was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Purple Mountainís Majesty was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Quick Silver was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Razzmatazz was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Red was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Red to Blue was a new color name and true color used for the Changeables specialty set

Red Violet was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Robinís Egg Blue was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Rose was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Red

Rose Dust was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Rose Quartz was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Ruby was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Rusty Red was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Sapphire was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Shadow Blue was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market†††††††††††††
Shampoo
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Carnation Pink

Shamrock was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Shiny Shamrock was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Sky Blue was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set
Smoke
was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Gray

Smokey Topaz was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Soap was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Periwinkle

Steel Teal was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Strawberry was a color name used for the Magic Scents but itís color name was already used in Mexico and both of those true colors came from Wild Strawberry

Sugar Plum was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Tickle Me Pink was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Tigerís Eye was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Gemtones specialty set was taken off the market

Timber Wolf was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Tropical Rain Forest was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Tulip was a new color name used for the Magic Scents but itís true color came from Orange

Tumbleweed was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Twilight Lavender was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Violet was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

White was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Wintergreen Dream was discontinued as a color name and true color when the Silver Swirls specialty set was taken off the market

Wisteria was the final selected name used officially in 1994 but named in 1993 and with a true color from 1992 done through their contest

Yellow was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Yellow Green was discontinued as a true color name (the names were removed from the crayon wrappers) for the Glitter specialty set

Yellow to Green was a new color name and true color used for the Changeables specialty set

 

These changes increased our overall named color count from 260 to 306 and the true color count jumped from 230 to 237.Active named colors in went down from 139 to 133 and active true colors dropped from 159 to 110.

 

Then, at the end of 1995, for the purposes of our color history, we had these changes:

 

Glows Orange [orange] was a new color name (albeit more of a function than name) and true color from the Glow in the Dark set in Europe

Glows Orange [pink] was the same color name as above (albeit more of a function than name) with a new true color from the Glow in the Dark set in Europe

Glows Orange [white] as the same color name as above (albeit more of a function than name) with a new true color from the Glow in the Dark set in Europe

Glows Yellow was a new color name (albeit more of a function than name) and true color from the Glow in the Dark set in Europe

These changes increased our overall named color count from 306 to 310 and the true color count jumped from 237 to 241.Active named colors in went up from 133 to 135 and active true colors dropped from 110 to 114.

 

Letís take a look at the color list at the end of 1995:

 

Named
Color #

True
Color #

 

Color Name

Year

Named

True Color

Year

End

Date


End Reason

All

UC

All

LC

Mix

UC/LC

Other Name Variations on Wrapper


Notes

1

1

Black

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Kitty Cat Black, Leather Jacket, Licorice

1

125

Black

1903

1980

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

1

212

Black

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

2

2

Blue

1903

1903

1935

Switched true colors

Yes

 

Yes

 

True color renamed to Celestial Blue

2

66

Blue

1903

1935

1949

Switched true colors

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

2

70

Blue

1903

1949

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Same color as Birdie Blue, Blueberry, New Car

2

213

Blue

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

2

117

Blue

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

3

3

Brown

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Van Dyke Brown, Bunny Brown, Chocolate

4

4

Burnt Sienna

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bt. Sienna, Burnt-Sienna

 

4

118

Burnt Sienna

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

bt. sienna

Part of the Fabric specialty set

5

5

Burnt Umber

1903

1903

1949

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

6

6

Celestial Blue

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Only found in No. 51 box

6

2

Celestial Blue

1903

1903

1944

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Reused color name for orig. 1903 Blue color; only found in No. 52 box

7

7

Charcoal Gray

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

Charc Gray

 

8

8

Chrome Green, Dark

1903

1903

1910

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

Chr. Green DK, Ch. Green Dk.

Same color as Green, Dark, Dark Green, Pine Green

9

9

Chrome Green, Light

1903

1903

1935

Discontinued

Yes

 

Yes

Chr Green L, CHR. GREEN L, Chr Green Lt.

Same color as Green, Light

10

10

Chrome Green, Medium

1903

1903

1910

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

Chr. Green M

Same color as Green, Medium; Medium Green

11

11

Chrome Yellow, Light

1903

1903

1910

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Light Yellow

12

12

Chrome Yellow, Medium

1903

1903

1935

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

Chr Yellow Med.

Same color as Yellow, Medium; Medium Yellow; Goldenrod

13

13

Cobalt Blue

1903

1903

1958

Discontinued

Yes

 

Yes

 

Same color as Light Blue; only available in bulk as a named wrapper crayon 1935-1943; Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

13

126

Cobalt Blue

1903

1987

1992

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Part of the Canadian Metallic specialty set

14

14

Copper

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Unavailable between 1915 and 1958

14

127

Copper

1903

1987

1992

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Part of the Canadian Metallic specialty set, same color as Copper Penny (Silver Swirls set)

15

15

Dark Blue

1903

1903

1917

Used as other name

Yes

 

No

 

Same color as Prussian Blue, Midnight Blue

16

8

Dark Green

1903

1903

1949

Switched true colors

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Green Dark, Pine Green

16

71

Dark Green

1903

1949

1958

Used as other name

Yes

 

 

 

Same color as Forest Green, Grass Green 

17

16

English Vermillion

1903

1903

1935

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

Eng. Vermillion, Eng. Vermilion

 

18

17

Flesh Tint

1903

1903

1949

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Only available in bulk as a named wrapper crayon starting 1935; Same color as Flesh, Pink Beige, Peach; Not available 1944 due to WWII

19

18

Gold

1903

1903

1953

Switched true colors

 

 

Yes

 

1915-1943 only offered in Bulk; Not available 1944-1952 due to WWII

19

84

Gold

1903

1953

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

19

128

Gold

1903

1987

1992

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Part of the Canadian Metallic specialty set

20

19

Gold Ochre

1903

1903

1958

Used as other name

Yes

 

Yes

 

Same color as Golden Ochre, Maize

21

19

Golden Ochre

1903

1903

1910

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Gold Ochre, Maize

22

20

Green

1903

1903

1930

Switched true colors

Yes

 

Yes

 

 

22

61

Green

1903

1930

 

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Leap Frog Green

22

119

Green

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

22

214

Green

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

23

8

Green, Dark

1903

1903

1914

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Chrome Green, Dark; Dark Green; Pine Green

24

9

Green, Light

1903

1903

1914

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Chrome Green, Light

25

10

Green, Medium

1903

1903

1914

Used as other name

Yes

 

No

Green, Med.,

Same color as Chrome Green, Medium; Medium Green

26

21

Indian Red

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ind. Red

 

27

11

Lemon Yellow

1903

1903

1910

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Light Yellow.Only found in No. 51 box

27

38

Lemon Yellow

1903

1903

1990

Officially Retired

Yes

Yes

 

 

Color name reused starting 1958, Same color as second Light Yellow, Fire Fly Yellow

28

14

Light Blue

1903

1903

1917

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Cobalt Blue.†† Made exclusively for E.C. Charlton Stores

28

85

Light Blue

1903

1958

1958

Discontinued

Yes

 

 

 

Only available for a small part of 1958

28

120

Light Blue

1903

1976

1980

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

29

11

Light Yellow

1903

1903

1949

Switched true colors

Yes

 

Yes

Yellow Lt.; Lt. Yellow

Same color as Lemon Yellow, second Yellow, Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII;

29

38

Light Yellow

1903

1903

1958

Used as other Name

Yes

 

 

 

Same color as Yellow (true color 38) that it inherited in 1949, second Lemon Yellow, Fire Fly Yellow

30

22

Madder Lake

1903

1903

1935

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

 

31

23

Magenta

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Permanent Magenta; Not available 1944 due to WWII

32

10

Medium Green

1903

1903

1939

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

Med. Green

Same color as Green, Medium; Chrome Green, Medium; 1935-1939 only avail in long crayon size in No. 99

33

12

Medium Yellow

1903

1903

1958

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

Med. Yellow

Same color as Yellow, Medium; Chrome Yellow, Medium, Goldenrod, Golden Rod; Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

34

24

Olive Green

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

35

25

Orange

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Jack ďOĒ Lantern Orange, Tulip

35

121

Orange

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

35

215

Orange

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

36

26

Permanent Geranium Lake

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

 

37

23

Permanent Magenta

1903

1903

1914

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Magenta

38

27

Pink

1903

1903

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

Name not used from 1917-1990 then used from Mexico; same color as Rose Pink, Flamingo Pink, Carnation Pink, Shampoo

49

15

Prussian Blue

1903

1903

1958

Used as other Name

Yes

 

Yes

Prus. Blue

Same color as Dark Blue, Midnight Blue

40

28

Purple

1903

1903

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

Name not used from 1914-1990 then used from Mexico; Same color as Violet

41

29

Raw Sienna

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

 

41

86

Raw Sienna

1903

1958

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Name revived 48 years after discontinuing it but with a new true color

42

30

Raw Umber

1903

1903

1990

Officially Retired

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

43

31

Red

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Candy Apple Red, Rose

43

122

Red

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

43

216

Red

1903

1993

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

44

27

Rose Pink

1903

1903

1958

Used as other name

Yes

 

Yes

 

Same color as Pink, Carnation Pink, Flamingo Pink, Shampoo

45

32

Silver

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

1915-1943 offered only as bulk; Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

45

129

Silver

1903

1987

1992

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Part of the Canadian Metallic specialty set

46

33

Ultramarine Blue

1903

1903

1958

Discontinued

Yes

 

Yes

ULT. BLUE; Ult. Blue

Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII; not available 1949-1957

47

3

Van Dyke Brown

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Brown.Only found in No. 51 box

48

34

Venetian Red

1903

1903

1949

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

Ven. Red

Only available in bulk as a named wrapper crayon from 1935-1937 Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

49

35

Venetian Red, Dark

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

 

50

36

Venetian Red, Light

1903

1903

1910

Discontinued

 

 

Yes

 

 

51

28

Violet

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Violet (Purple) 

Same color as Purple, Bunch of Grapes Purple; 1949-1957 used another true color but reverted back in 1958, same color as Grape

51

72

Violet

1903

1949

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Name only used in Mexico with the same color as Blue Violet.This was used as Violet in the USA from 1949 to 1958 before Violet revered back to its original true color.

51

123

Violet

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

51

217

Violet

1958

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

52

37

White

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Same color as Baby Powder, Coconut

52

218

White

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

53

38

Yellow

1903

1903

1949

Switched true colors

Yes

 

Yes

 

Same color as Light Yellow (second one)

53

48

Yellow

1903

1926

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Same color as Maximum Yellow, Sunshine Yellow, Daffodil, Lemon

53

124

Yellow

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

53

219

Yellow

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set

54

12

Yellow Medium

1903

1903

1914

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Chrome Yellow, Medium; Medium Yellow

55

9

Light Green

1910