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The Definitive History of the Colors of Crayola

Part 31 – The New Millennium

 

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. Part 22 - Magic and Mystery, Part 23 - One Hundred Billion, Part 24 - Entertainment Revolution, Part 25 - True Blue Heroes, Part 26 - The Discovery Series, Part 27 - Smells like a Second Try, Part 28 - More Specialty Changes for 1997, Part 29 - True Blues get their Color Names, Part 30 - Retro

 

2000

Canadian Favorite crayons.jpg

Crayola moved into the new millennium without a lot of fanfare.  Only a couple of new assortments were introduced in 2000 and none of those had any bearing on the color list.

 

In Canada they did a “Favorite Colors of Canada” assortment where consumers got to vote on their favorite colors and then they put them into a special eight color assortment.  The colors were listed on the back of the box but not on the special crayon wrappers used for this event for some reason.

 

The eight colors consisted of:  blue, red, violet, green, magenta, carnation pink, orange and yellow.  Interestingly, six of the eight can be found in the No. 8 assortment they’ve been offering for over 90 years and all of the colors voted are original true colors from 1903 (well, Blue did change its true color along the way).

 

By the end of the year the Retro assortment was discontinued and that dropped those 16 color names from the list.  They were:

 

avocado green, bell bottom blue, bug yellow, cosmic black, flower power pink, give peach a chance, mellow yellow, organic orange,  peace dove white, platform shoe brown, psychedelic purple, shades of black, shag carpet orange, tambourine green, tye-dye lime, woodstock mud

 

2001

 

Back in the United States, they also followed Canada’s lead and put out a color census to determine what America’s favorite colors were.  The USA version of this project was more ambitious.  They created a screw top plastic container containing the top 50 favorite colors voted on by consumers.  These were put into special silver wrappers and had each of the color names numbered with their ranking from the list on the crayons.  So while this constituted entry into the color history; these weren’t new color names or true colors; they were simply variations of their original colors and noted as such on the original entry.

 

The colors selected were:

 

# 1 blue, # 2 cerulean, # 3 purple heart, # 4 midnight blue, # 5 aquamarine, # 6 caribbean green, # 7 periwinkle, # 8 denim, # 9 cerise, #10 blizzard blue, #11 cornflower, #12 red, #13 blue green, #14 hot magenta, #15 blue violet, #16 pacific blue, #17 purple mountain majesty, #18 tropical rain forest, #19 brick red, #20 indigo, #21 green, #22 wisteria, #23 forest green, #24 royal purple, #25 fuchsia, #26 asparagus, #27 purple pizzazz, #28 vivid violet, #29 sky blue, #30 plum, #31 electric lime, #32 navy blue, #33 robin's egg blue, #34 black, #35 teal blue, #36 scarlet, #37 cotton candy, #38 magenta, #39 blue bell, #40 bittersweet, #41 carnation pink, #42 razzmatazz, #43 silver, #44 burnt sienna, #45 jungle green, #46 atomic tangerine, #47 brink pink, #48 pine green, #49 screamin' green, #50 laser lemon

 

Interestingly, 8 of the original 38 true colors were still in the top fifty favorite colors.  Only 4 of the standard 8-color assortment made the list (black, blue, green, red).  Another oddity is that they chose to reference purple mountain’s majesty without the apostrophe.  As we’d seen with a number of other colors, Crayola seemed to struggle in deciding which version to use:  mountain, mountain’s or mountains’

 

Crayola America's Favorite (round) - 50 colors.jpgCrayola Americas Favorite Colors.jpg

 

The FX Series

Metallic FX crayons.jpg

New on the scene for 2001 were a couple of “FX” assortments.  Gel FX didn’t contain any color names; this was becoming a more common occurrence for new assortments. 

 

Gel FX crayons.jpg  Crayola Gel FX (black box) - 16 colors.jpg  Crayola Metallic FX (vehicles) - 16 colors.jpg

 

The Metallic FX assortment, however, did have new color names and true colors.  This came in a 16-color assortment and featured:

 

alloy orange, b' dazzled blue, big dip o' rudy, bittersweet shimmer, blast off bronze, cyber grape, deep space sparkle, gold fusion, illuminating emerald, metallic seaweed, metallic sunburst, razzmic berry, sheen green, shimmering blush, sonic silver, steel blue

 

This assortment brought us 16 new true colors but only 15 new color names.  Steel Blue had been used before with the Canadian Metallic set.  The two colors are quite different though.  Some of the colors I suspected might have been used over from that set turned out very different.  The Canadian Metallic set had a bronze crayon and this set had a blast of bronze crayon but they were quite different; the blast of bronze was much darker with flecks of color.

 

Halloween

Crayola Halloween (eyes) - 4 colors.jpgCrayola Halloween (pumpkin) - 4 colors.jpg

Around the holidays, small cello-wrapped packages with three crayons began appearing.  Traditionally, Crayola has used this type of packaging for samples and giveaways.  They would contain amounts from two to six colors depending on the use.   Originally two Halloween packages were used. 

 

The first packet contains:  cauldron black, ghostly silver, jack-o-lantern orange

The second packet contains:  glowing eyes yellow, midnight gloom, monster green

 

These ran for only one season so they are more difficult to find than many Crayola colors.  Also of interest is that this marks the third variation for using jack-o-lantern.  The other two come from the So Big set which started out as Jack ‘O’ Lantern and then switched it to Jack O’ Lantern.  Apparently there are no hard-fast rules for the proper spelling.

 

Of course, these colors were only new in name.  They used black, silver, orange, yellow orange, midnight blue and yellow green as their true colors.

 

Halloween Color (purple).jpg    Halloween Colors (pumpkin).jpg

 

Outer Space

 

One ingenious packaging trick Crayola created was by combining two 96-color boxes together with a special 8-color box all shrink wrapped together.  By doing so, they could offer up 200 crayons without going to a new container package.  The first of these used included a special limited edition 8-color box of Outer Space crayons.

Outer Space crayons.jpgCrayola Outer Space - 8 colors.jpg

The crayons had distinctive purple wrappers and the following color names:

 

atomic orange, deep space purple, mars red, martian green, milky way white, moon dust silver, sun spot gold, twilight blue

 

Seven of the eight colors names were unique.  The exception was martian green from the new Metallic FX set.  The true colors were borrowed from the existing active color catalogue; more than half of them from the same Metallic FX set.  The mapping was:

 

atomic orange uses the true color for macaroni and cheese

deep space purple uses the true color for cyber grape

mars red uses the true color for big dip o’ ruby

martian green was the same color from the Metallic FX set

milky way white uses the true color for white

moon dust silver uses the true color for sonic silver

sun spot gold uses the true color for gold fusion

twilight blue uses the true color for sky blue

 

Sporting Event Colors

 

Crayola Philadelphia 76er crayons.jpgOn occasion, Crayola would get commissioned to provide giveaway crayons for different events.  We saw the unique colors made for the Scarlett Pimpernel play in 1998 and in 2001 they also provided an entire 16-color box of Philadelphia 76ers crayons to fans that were at a game.  The boxes were the same but had a special sticker placed on them to identify the special make-up colors.

 

The crayons wrappers were white and contained named references to players and coaches along with their favorite colors.  As such, there were actually several of the same colors in the set since several of the players liked the same color best.  These must have been created quickly or something because there seemed to be no standard to creating the wrappers.  The crayons pointed right or left depending on which crayon color one looked at.  Of course all of the crayon names were unique for this event but all of the true colors were reused from their existing catalogue.  Here is the breakdown:

 

Derrick McKey's favorite – red

Crayola 76ers Favorites - 16 colors.jpgHip-Hop's favorite - neon carrot

Vonteego Cummings' favorite – cerulean

Speedy Claxton's favorite – blue

Damone Brown's favorite – orange

Samuel Dalembert's favorite – chestnut

Dikembe Mutombo's favorite – silver

Allen Iverson's favorite – black

Aaron McKie's favorite – cerulean

Corie Blount's favorite - turquoise blue

Eric Snow's favorite – green

Raja Bell's favorite - sky blue

Derrick Coleman's favorite – blue

Matt Harpring's favorite – blue

Alvin Jones' favorite – silver

Coach Larry Brown's favorite - yellow

 

It is noteworthy that while the standard for all color names on wrappers at this time was all lower case, these special make-up colors used upper and lower case.

 

Only a couple of these boxes have ever surfaced into the collecting community making these special make-up color names some of the rarest to obtain.

 

Crayola Eagles.jpgRarer still are the two Philadelphia Eagles crayons done for a football game in the same year.  I’ve personally only seen one of these boxes in an auction and I don’t know what the two colors are so they’ll have to wait to make the list until at some point in the future I can identify them.

 

For the color history, here were the changes from 2000:

 

avocado was discontinued as a color name

bell bottom blue was discontinued as a color name

bug yellow was discontinued as a color name

cosmic black was discontinued as a color name

flower power pink was discontinued as a color name

give peach a chance was discontinued as a color name

mellow yellow was discontinued as a color name

organic orange was discontinued as a color name

peace dove white was discontinued as a color name

platform shoe brown was discontinued as a color name

psychedelic purple was discontinued as a color name

shades of black was discontinued as a color name

shag carpet orange was discontinued as a color name

tambourine green was discontinued as a color name

tye-dye lime was discontinued as a color name

woodstock mud was discontinued as a color name

 

The overall named color count stayed the same at the end of 2000 with 504 total named colors and 301 true colors.  Active named colors dropped slightly from 139 to 123 while active true colors remained at 129.

 

For the color history, here were the changes from 2001:

 

Aaron McKie's favorite – cerulean was a new color name but its true color came from cerulean

Allen Iverson's favorite – black was a new color name but its true color came from black

alloy orange was a new color name and true color

Alvin Jones' favorite – silver was a new color name but its true color came from silver

atomic orange was a new color name but its true color came from macaroni and cheese

b' dazzled blue was a new color name and true color

big dip o' ruby was a new color name and true color

bittersweet shimmer was a new color name and true color

blast off bronze was a new color name and true color

cauldron black was a new color name but its true color came from black

Coach Larry Brown's favorite – yellow was a new color name but its true color came from yellow

Corie Blount's favorite - turquoise blue was a new color name but its true color came from turquoise blue

cyber grape was a new color name and true color

Damone Brown's favorite – orange was a new color name but its true color came from orange

deep space purple was a new color name but its true color came from cyber grape

deep space sparkle was a new color name and true color

Derrick Coleman's favorite – blue was a new color name but its true color came from blue

Derrick McKey's favorite – red was a new color name but its true color came from red

Dikembe Mutombo's favorite – silver was a new color name but its true color came from silver

Eric Snow's favorite – green was a new color name but its true color came from green

ghostly silver was a new color name but its true color came from silver

glowing eyes yellow was a new color name but its true color came from laser lemon

gold fusion was a new color name and true color

Hip-Hop's favorite - neon carrot was a new color name but its true color came from neon carrot

illuminating emerald was a new color name and true color

jack-o-lantern orange was a new color name but its true color came from orange

mars red was a new color name but its true color came from big dip o’ ruby

Matt Harpring's favorite – blue was a new color name but its true color came from blue

metallic seaweed was a new color name and true color

metallic sunburst was a new color name and true color

midnight gloom was a new color name but its true color came from midnight blue

milky way white was a new color name but its true color came from white

monster green was a new color name but its true color came from yellow green

moon dust silver was a new color name but its true color came from sonic silver

Raja Bell's favorite - sky blue was a new color name but its true color came from sky blue

razzmic berry was a new color name and true color

Samuel Dalembert's favorite – chestnut was a new color name but its true color came from chestnut

sheen green was a new color name and true color
shimmering blush
was a new color name and true color

sonic silver was a new color name and true color

Speedy Claxton's favorite – blue was a new color name but its true color came from blue

steel blue was a new true color but the color name was previously used in the Canadian Metallic set

sun spot gold was a new color name but its true color came from gold fusion

twilight blue was a new color name but its true color came from sky blue

<Unverified Philadelphia Eagles color one> was a new color name but its true color came from an unverified existing color

<Unverified Philadelphia Eagles color two> was a new color name but its true color came from an unverified existing color

Vonteego Cummings' favorite – cerulean was a new color name but its true color came from cerulean

 

The overall named color count jumped up from 505 to 551 total named colors and overall true colors went from 301 to 317.  As for active named colors; they increased from 126 to 172 while active true colors went from 130 to 146.

 

Let’s take a look at the color list at the end of 2001:

 

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

 #34 black

Same color as Kitty Cat Black, Leather Jacket, Licorice, Black Hole, Muscle Shell Black (Black), New Sneakers, Starry Night, Storm Cloud Black, Cosmic Black, Shades of Black, Allen Iverson's favorite – black

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, same color as Black with glitzy gold glitter

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

 

 #1 blue

Same color as Birdie Blue, Blueberry, New Car, Blustery Blue, Deep Sea, Galaxy Blue, Hetty the Duck Blue, Mole Blue, Overalls Blue, Bell-Bottom Blue, Derrick Coleman's favorite – blue, Matt Harpring's favorite – blue, Speedy Claxton's favorite – blue

2

213

Blue

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set; same color as Blue with shimmering silver glitter

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, Mouse Brown, Asteroid Brown, Ocean Floor (Brown), Pet Shop, Whoo Brown, Woodstock Mud

4

4

Burnt Sienna

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bt. Sienna, Burnt-Sienna; #44 burnt sienna

Same color as Baseball Mitt

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

 

 

Same color as Galatic Gold. Sunken Treasure

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

 #21 green

Same color as Leap Frog Green, Bullfrog Green, Graphic Green, Martian Green (Green), Mole’s Green Boots, Sea Sperpent Green (Green), Eric Snow's favorite – 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; same color as Green with twinkling turquoise glitter

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

1999

Used as other name

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ind. Red

 Same color as Chestunut

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

Yes

Yes

 

 

Color name reused starting 1958, Same color as second Light Yellow, Fire Fly Yellow.  Color was retired in 1990 but reused in Europe starting in 1997.

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

 #38 magenta

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 “O” Lantern Orange, Tulip, Cyberspace Orange, Grandma’s Perfume, Huggable Bear Orange, Jupiter Orange, Shrimp (Orange), Solar Flare (Orange), Damone Brown's favorite – orange, Jack-O-Lantern Orange

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; same color as Orange with twinkling turquoise glitter

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

 #12 red

Same color as Candy Apple Red, Rose, Lobster Red (Red, Mercury Red (Red), Red Balloon, Smell the Roses, Scarlet Red, Derrick McKey's favorite – red

43

122

Red

1903

1976

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Fabric specialty set

43

216

Red

1903

1993

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set; same color as Red with shimmering silver glitter

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

 #43 silver

1915-1943 offered only as bulk; Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII; same color as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Alvin Jones' favorite – silver, Dikembe Mutombo's favorite – silver, Ghostly Silver

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, Jellyfish Purple (Violet), Pouncy Purple, Venus Violet (purple), www.purple, Psychedelic Purple

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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.

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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, Baby’s Powder, Space Shuttle White, Peace Dove White, Milky Way White

52

218

White

1903

1993

1994

Discontinued

 

Yes

 

 

Part of the Glitter specialty set; same color as White with glitzy gold glitter

53

38

Yellow

1903

1903

1949

Switched true colors

Yes

 

Yes

 

Same color as Light Yellow (second one)

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48

Yellow

1903

1926

 

 

Yes

Yes

 

 

Same color as Maximum Yellow, Sunshine Yellow, Daffodil, Lemon, Starlight Yellow (Yellow), Sunfish Yellow (Yellow), Sunny Day, Sunshiny Yellow, World Wide Web Yellow, Coach Larry Brown's favorite – yellow

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; same color as Yellow with rainbow glitter

54

12

Yellow Medium

1903

1903

1914

Used as other name

 

 

Yes

 

Same color as Chrome Yellow, Medium; Medium Yellow

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9

Light Green

1910

1910

1949

Switched true colors

 

 

Yes

Lt. Green

Same color as Chrome Green, Light; Not available 1944-1948 due to WWII

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73

Light Green

1910

1949

1958

Used as other name

Yes