Monday, July 1, 2013

Crayola Inspiration

Crayola crayons have come in many colors since their introduction in 1903. By 1905, Binney & Smith's Crayola crayon product line had reached 30 colors. In 1958, the number of colors increased to 64. Eight fluorescent colors were introduced in 1972, increasing the number of colors to 72. In 1990, the total increased to 80 colors with the introduction of 16 colors and the discontinuation of eight colors. The number of colors was increased to 96 in 1993 and to 120 in 1998, though with thirteen crayons being retired along the way, the total of colors is 133. Along with the regular packs of crayons, there have been many specialty sets, including Silver Swirls, Gem Tones, Pearl Brite, Metallic FX, Magic Scent, Silly Scents, and more.
12 0f Crayola's standard 133 crayon colors 
The first box of 8 wax crayons developed by Binney and Smith sold  for 5 cents. The name crayola was coined by Edwin Binney's wife Alice. "Craie" is the French word for chalk and "ola" comes from oleaginous which means  resembling or having the properties of oil.

this link will give you more specific info about crayola color names and past winners of their contests

Color 

Red is my joy
Blue is my laughter.
Green is my serenity
White is my anger
Black is my safety
Yellow is my pain.
Brown is my heartache
Teal is the rain.
Pink my hatred
Maroon my song
Gold is poor to me.
Silver the strength I'd rather not see.
Orange the cool midnight wander.
Gray the warmth I'm ever fond of.
All the colors can be treated the same.
Yet people who are different
Get called names.
If life were colors we would be a work of art.
Pride Greed the only start.
My life is like a box of crayons.
All different colors but peaceful and sweet.
Take a lesson from the crayons
Judge not by the color.
But rather the courtesy we show one another
by Laura
Just in case you might be feeling a bit creative to pen a poem, here is an idea I found to get you started.
"We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box." -Author Unknown
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As a follow up to the blog posting Summit Avenue (June 30, 2013) a friend of mine loaned  me this book
This book is available on Amazon. It is a great resource to find out more about the historic boulevard with lots of photographs of the homes from the Gilded-Age.

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