Whether it's providing tools to put a purple octopus on the moon, or enabling teachers to bring
arts-infused learning into the classroom, Crayola is passionate about helping parents and
educators raise creatively alive children who we believe will grow to be inspired, original adults.
Our company has inspired artistic creativity in children for more than 100 years - since the first
box of Crayola crayons rolled off the assembly line in 1903. The company began when cousins
Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith took over Edwin's father's pigment business in 1885. Early
products included red oxide pigment used as barn paint and carbon black used in car tires.
After noticing a need for safe, high quality, affordable wax crayons, in 1903, Crayola produced
the first box of eight crayons and sold them for 5 cents. Since then, the Crayola brand has
grown into a portfolio of innovative art tools, crafting activities, and creative toys that give kids
the power to express all that inspires them as they explore, discover, play, pretend, and dream.
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