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Every March 31st children and adults alike open up a box of crayons and enjoy coloring.  What a better way to take part in National Crayon Day?

Wax and chalk based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries.  Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today.  He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.

In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal.  The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate success.


Get out your crayons and color away! Use #NationalCrayonDay to share on social media.


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