They are one of the most popular and best-selling toys in history. They're cheap, fun, and easy to use. It has been documented that the smell they emit is the most universally recognized odor in the world. And as any parent with a home of their own can tell you they may just foster a little too much creativity.
It's 1903 and at the top of every kid's wish list is a box of rainbows your first Crayola crayons set.
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The first Crayola crayons set sold for just a nickel and included the colors black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, and green.
The brainchild of cousins Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, the crayons were designed to be a safe and non-toxic drawing medium for kids. The name Crayola came from Edwin's wife who took the French words for chalk, "craie" and oily, "huileux" and combined them.
Today, there are over 100 different types of crayons being made by Crayola including crayons that sparkle with glitter, glow in the dark, smell like flowers, change colors, and much to the joy of parents all over the world, ones that wash off walls.
In fact, Crayola now offers a 'colourless' marker:
Crayola Crayons, limited only by your imagination and safe enough to eat. And, no matter how well they're wrapped, one smell will tell you that your wish has been granted.