Harold C. Smith & Edwin Binney

These two men changed "The way we think of creativity."

Creating the colorful world of the crayon!

When the first box of crayons was created it was a SURREAL moment for both Edwin Binney and Harold C. Smith. The first box was created June 10th, 1903. The first eight crayon were the colors of the rainbow. The colors were : Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Brown, and Black. Edwin Binney realized that if the crayons were toxic that they would be DULL that Edwinn Binney and Harold C. Smith TINKERED with ways to create a colorful crayon that was non-toxic but could produce VIBRANT colors. In 1958 the 64 color crayon box with a built in sharpener which made a big boom in creative kids mind. You only needed to pay one nickel for one box of colored crayons that contained eight crayons. In 1984 Crayola makes a marker called "The Dream Marker" and is introduced to the elementary school mind's. In 1993 Crayola celebrated the Crayola brand 90th birthday.
In 1994 Crayola introduces a scented version of crayons, the Magic Scents Crayons.
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Edwin Binney

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Harold C. Smith

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Fun Fact!

Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year. That means they make an average of twelve million crayons daily. Other than just making crayons, Crayola also makes, 600 million Crayola Colored Pencils, 465 million markers,110 million sticks of chalk, 9 million Silly Putty eggs, and 1.5 million jars of paint a year!
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Summery

Edwin Binney was born on November 24 1866, in Westchester County, New York. His mothers name was Annie Conklin and his Father was Joseph Binney. Edwin Binney married Alicia Stead. They had four children Dorothy, Helen, Mary and Edwin Jr. On October 16th, 1887 Edwin Binney Married Alicia Stead from London in Brooklyn, New York. He died in 1934 at the age of 68 years old. In 1885, Edwin Binney took control over his father's business called Peeksill Chemical Co. His father's now his company produced natural gas. Harold C. Smith was born May 3rd, 1860 in London, England. He died in 1931 at the age of 71 years old. Harold C. Smith lived in New Zealand as a teenager until coming to the United States in 1878. Harold C. Smith married Paula Smith.They had two children Bertha B. Hillias and Sidney V. Harold C. Smith and Edwin Binney were actually cousins !

The Crayon now and in the past

It is INCREDIBLE there are over one hundred different types of crayons being made by the Crayola factory like crayons that sparkle with glitter, glow in the dark, smell like different scents, change colors, and wash off walls and other surfaces and materials. They started being made in Pennsylvania, and now they are made all over in the U.S. These to cousins got the idea from a candle stick used as a marker that was called the Britt Sloan. The Britt Sloan was used mainly in the White House. Today people are saying what a wonderful creation the crayon is what fun, and how much color they have packed inside a tiny little stick. Crayola Factories now have many more machines then they had back then.

In the future

They do not need as many helping hands as they did when the Crayola Crayon made its big boom back in 1903. I think that in the future there will be more products made and new products created. I think the Crayola factory will find ways to run on 95.00% on machines and 5.00% on human’s hands. Not a lot of people know about the history of the crayon. I hope people will start getting more interested in the Crayola History and not just the crayons many other inventions to!