Crayons

A New Invention By  Edwin Binney

1903

The world is now even more colorful thanks to cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith. Edwin and Binney believe that we should have crayons because they noticed kids needed something to color with. Before he started producing the now colored crayons, he invented a black "crayon" called Staonal, that did not rub off.  It was used to mark shipping boxes. Later, he changed the pigment color, made the crayon smaller, and non toxic. Edwin and Harold decided to name the company Crayola. Edwin Binney's wife, Alice Stead, came up with the name. "Craie," the French word for chalk, and "Ola," from oleaginous. Edwin and Harold are both from Westchester, New York. They also introduced the first dustless school chalk.

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