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The Definitive History of the Colors of Crayola

Part 39 – Extreme

 

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, Part 31 - The New Millennium, Part 32 - Regional Colors, Part 33 - 100 Year Birthday, Part 34 - Superhero Invasion, Part 35 - Tri-Lingual, Part 36 - High Tech Crayons, Part 37 - True to Life, Part 38 - Kids' Choice

 

Another High Tech Line

 

2009 was a bit slower than 2008 but Crayola did put out another Twistables crayon assortment.  They called it Crayola Twistables Extreme Colors.

 

 

Extreme Colors  Crayola Twistables Extreme Colors - 8
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The new line targeted older children and their need for intense colors for school projects or art needs.  Of course, this provided Crayola the opportunity to put some of their fluorescent colors into a Twistables format with fresh new color names.  Here’s the breakdown of the colors they came up with and what true color they used:

 

Absolute Zero – Used the true color Blizzard Blue

Fiery Rose – Used the true color Razzle Dazzle Rose

Frostbite – Used the true color Vivid Violet

Heat Wave – Used the true color Wild Watermelon

Lemon Glacier – Used the true color Laser Lemon

Sizzling Sunset – Used the true color Atomic Tangerine

Spring Frost – Used the true color Screamin’ Green

Winter Sky – Used the true color Hot Magenta

 

The Colors of Lindt

 

For Easter 2009, in Canada, the Lindt company contracted with Crayola to produce a small four color box and brought out a special coloring book along with the set of crayons.  The box had three unique colors and one of Crayola’s staple colors.

 

Lindt
                            Colors   Crayola No 4 (Colours of Lindt) - 4
                            colors

 

Easter Green used the true color Green

Gold Bunny Gold used the true color Gold

Ribbon Red used the true color Red

Sky Blue used the exact crayon from Crayola’s standard 120 colors.

 

Lindt, a Swiss chocolate company dating back to 1845, chose an unusual assortment of colors for the four pack box.  Green and Red were predictable as those colors were usually featured in the four pack boxes Crayola did.  Sky Blue was a more obscure color choice but understandable given the pastel feel required for Easter.  The choice of Gold for the final color was an odd one because no other such small collection featured one of the original metallic colors.  It’s also strange that they felt the need to be redundant on the color name.  One would have thought that Gold Bunny would suffice but for whatever reason they chose to add the “Gold” again.

These came and went over the Easter holiday in Canada only though many lingered on and were available throughout 2009.



 

Eric Carle and the Very Hungry Caterpillar

 

One of the most unnoticed events for 2009 was the celebration of Eric Carle's famous children's book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" from 1969.  To commemorate the 40th anniversary, Crayola created a special new color.  The new literature-inspired color was based on one of the many tissue-stain green hues on Carle’s voracious little bug. He was presented with an honorary five-foot crayon in the grassy hue in a celebration.  During that celebration, they gave out 4-color boxes of crayons with the new color and color name crayon in it.

 

While this wasn't quite as exclusive as Oprah's Color Purple crayon, it was only the second they have done like this and it sure did miss the collector community's attention.  It was only a couple years later I even found out about it.  Of course, my own personal desire to get one lead me to ask Eric directly.  It worked!

 

As this wasn't an active color introduced into the public, it doesn't really increase their color catalog even though it is unique.

 

Eric Carle Commemoration.jpg

 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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Farewells

 

A couple of the recently introduced sets left the market in 2009.  The 50th Anniversary box finished with its celebration for that year and vanished sometime in 2009 taking with it all eight of the new colors they created along with the special color for the St. Judes box which also finished.  The Giant Coloring Page box also disappeared as did the nine scented crayons featured in that.   Romano’s Macaroni Grill dropped their personal color crayons by this year as well; opting for the standard colors which removed another ten color names from the active list (the eleventh was Eggplant which had already been a regular color name.)

 

For the color history, here were the changes for 2009:

 

Absolute Zero – Was a new color name but its true color came from Blizzard Blue

Awesome was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Wild Watermelon

Axle Grease was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Gray

Bear Hug was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Beaver

Best Friends was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Orchid

Bleu Cheese was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Blue

Blue Cheese was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Blue

Courage was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Blue Violet

Diamond Necklace was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Sky Blue

Easter Green was a new color name but its true color came from Green

Enchanted Forest was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Yellow Green

Engine Oil was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Maroon

Famous was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Hot Magenta

Fiery Rose – Was a new color name but its true color came from Razzle Dazzle Rose

Florentine was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Forest Green

Fresh Basil was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Green
Frostbite –
Was a new color name but its true color came from Vivid Violet

Fun in the Sun was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Vivid Tangerine

Giving Tree was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Screamin' Green

Gold Bunny Gold was a new color name but its true color came from Gold

Happy Ever After was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Turquoise Blue

Heat Wave – Was a new color name but its true color came from Wild Watermelon

Lemon Glacier – Was a new color name but its true color came from Laser Lemon

Mac & Cheese was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Macaroni and Cheese

Magic Potion was discontinued in the form that used Spring Green but the name remained in the Silly Scent set

Mirtilla Blueberry was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Cerulean
Parmesan
was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Goldenrod

Pixie Powder was discontinued in the form that used Blue Violet but the name remained in the Silly Scent set

Portobello was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Brown

Ribbon Red was a new color name but its true color came from Red

Roasted Red Pepper was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Brick Red

Roma Tomato was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Scarlet

Rose Petal was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Tickle Me Pink

Sizzling Sunset – Was a new color name but its true color came from Atomic Tangerine

Spring Frost – Was a new color name but its true color came from Screamin’ Green

Sunshine Sprite was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Dandelion

Super Happy was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Laser Lemon

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a new color name and true color
Washer Fluid
was discontinued as a color name but its true color remained with Robin’s Egg Blue

Winter Sky – Was a new color name but its true color came from Hot Magenta

 

The overall named color count jumped up from 735 to 747 and overall true colors went from 328 to 329.  As for active named colors; they went down from 197 to 182 while active true colors stayed at 154.

 

Let’s take a look at the color list at the end of 2009:

 

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, Illinois Abe Lincoln’s Hat, Cleaner Coal Black, Eerie 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, iron man blue, liberty blue, Blue Cheese, Bleu Cheese, Bushkill Blue, America the Blue-tiful, Clearwater 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, Chock-A-Lot Shake, Portobello, Mississippi Mud Pie, Brown Sugar, Mother Earth Brown, Sweet Brown

4

4

Burnt Sienna

1903

1903

 

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Same color as Baseball Mitt, Massachusetts Boston Tea Party

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