E. Binney & H. Smith
The Inventors of Crayons
History of "Binney & Smith" Color Company
Their initial crayon product started as red oxide pigment used in barn paint and carbon black used in car tires. They then decided that they needed a more safe, affordable wax, and soon later, the partnership released their first box of eight crayons, selling them only for a nickel. The name, Crayola, was thought of by Edwin Binney's wife, Alice.
The business soon began to grow once their product activity and color line increased. In fact, in 1961, Binney & Smith became a publicly owned company. The company opened up a new headquarters in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1969. After continuous improvements and opening up new factories, on January 1, 2007, Binney & Smith became Crayola, LLC.
Importance and Improvements
Interesting Fact: The very first 64-Color Box of Crayola crayons, donated by Binney & Smith, is located in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
64 Crayons and Sharpener. Digital image. Crayola. Crayola, LLC, 2016. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.
Crayola Gold Box. Digital image. Crayola. Crayola, LLC, 2016. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.
Crayola Markers. Digital image. Crayola. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.
"History." Crayola. Crayola, 2016. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.