Dive Into the Colorful World of A Childhood Favorite: Crayola
Even before we started going to school, one major highlight of each day as a little kid was when our parents let us get a hold of crayons and use them to color various things to our heart’s content. There’s nothing more enjoyable than having the liberty of expressing our innermost creativity through the process of coloring, and everything felt fine once we had that box of different hues right within our grasp.
We used crayons in almost anything: from that white, clean sheet of paper to our older siblings’ notebooks, to the pavement outside up to the garden fences, it’s as if we colored the whole world all at once. Growing up, there’s a reliable brand for colors that we have all known, and much as we want to try others, Crayola is definitely worth the patronization.
In this article, we collated some of the least known facts about this very successful company, and knowing this information will make you adore Crayola even more.
The very first boxes of Crayola crayons were sold in 1903, known to be eight-packs and were sold via door-to-door transactions for just a nickel.
The unique smell of every stick of crayon coming out from a Crayola box is incomparable. Distinctive and easily identifiable, the smell of a Crayola stick is listed under the Top 20 recognizable odors, which was a study conducted by the eponymous Professor William Cain of Yale University in 1982.
Oddly enough, that odor you’ve come to love growing up is actually derived from stearic acid, which is taken from beef tallows. Beef tallows are actually beef fats, and this is used in all Crayola sticks to produce a waxy texture perfect for long storage and easy gliding on paper.
The iconic gold medal logo seen on every Crayola box up to this very day is actually the winning entry at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when the company looked for a new face for their dustless chalk drive. That same fair also recognized Jack Daniel for his booze, which is also still popular in today’s generation.
Lucky are the employees of Crayola today as there are machines which can flawlessly roll the stick’s paper casing, but in the first 40 years of the brand, everything was hand-rolled to perfection.
One of the most interesting facts about Crayola as a brand is how they kept an employee within their arms for 35 years even though he suffered from color blindness. Emerson Moser is a well-known worker in Crayola and despite his condition, he helped mold over 1.4 billion crayons until he retired in 1990.
Grant Wood, creator of one of the most visually appeasing paintings of the world named ‘American Gothic’, entered a Crayola-inspired contest when he was 14 years old. Due to his skills and passion to share his talent, he won third place in the said competition, came home with $600 and became inspired to continue painting and the arts, until his creation of the aforementioned painting.
Due to the influence that Crayola made, some people even tried using their sticks as colored eyeliners and pencils which the company vehemently contradicted and warned the public about.
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