Crayola Crayon Factory Opens in Easton, Pennsylvania

Crayola Crayons

The Crayola Crayon Factory, now known as the Crayola Experience, is a major tourist attraction in Easton, Pennsylvania, celebrating the history and creativity of Crayola crayons. Initially established by Binney & Smith, the company behind Crayola crayons, the factory has played a significant role in art supplies and has been a cherished part of childhood for generations.

Dates and Details:

  • The Crayola brand was created by Binney & Smith on June 10th, 1903, initially producing industrial pigments and dustless chalk in the 1800s.
  • The first box of Crayola crayons, containing eight colors, was introduced in 1903 and sold for five cents.
  • The Crayola Factory in Easton, Pennsylvania, was officially opened as a visitor attraction on July 16, 1996, to mark the company’s 100th anniversary.

Crayon Facts:

  1. Crayola has produced more than 200 different crayon colors since its inception.
  2. The name “Crayola” comes from the French word “craie,” meaning “chalk,” and “ola,” an abbreviation of “oleaginous,” which refers to the oily paraffin wax used in crayons.
  3. Crayola crayons were initially available in only eight colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, violet, and black.
  4. Crayola produces around 3 billion crayons per year, with an average of 12 million crayons made daily.
  5. The world’s largest crayon, made by Crayola, is a 15-foot-long, 1,500-pound crayon in color, “Blue Ribbon,” and was unveiled in 2003 to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary.
  6. The Crayola Experience, in addition to the factory in Easton, has three other locations across the United States: Orlando, Florida; Plano, Texas; and Chandler, Arizona.
  7. The Crayola Experience offers more than 25 hands-on attractions for visitors, including creating custom crayon colors and labels and a live demonstration of crayon making.

Effects on Pop Culture:

  • Crayola crayons have become synonymous with childhood creativity, inspiring generations of young artists.
  • Crayola’s recognizable green and yellow packaging is a nostalgic symbol for many people, evoking memories of school and playtime.
  • The Crayola brand has expanded beyond crayons, producing a wide range of art supplies such as markers, colored pencils, and paint.

Prominent People and Countries:

  • The founders of Binney & Smith, cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, were instrumental in creating the Crayola brand.
  • Crayola crayons have been used by children and artists worldwide, making the brand a global symbol of creativity.
  • The Crayola Experience in Easton, Pennsylvania, and its other locations, continue to draw tourists from across the United States and beyond, providing an interactive and educational experience that celebrates the history and legacy of the Crayola brand.