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The Definitive History of the Colors of Crayola

This is a 40 part feature that steps through Crayola’s color history from 1903 up to the current day 2011.
posted by unliteral on May 6, 2013 - 35 comments

Dilatant Compound 3179

We went into the Doubleday bookshop at Fifth Avenue and Fifty Second Street the other day, intending, in our innocence, to buy a book, and found all the clerks busy selling Silly Putty, a gooey, pinkish, repellent-looking commodity that comes in plastic containers the size and shape of eggs.
How an item in the August 26th, 1950 New Yorker's Talk of the Town column turned a marketing consultant into a millionare by Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 22, 2011 - 31 comments

Historical Crayola rainbow

Crayola Color Chart 1903-2010. It's not just Green Yellow and Yellow Green anymore. (via DataPointed.) (More DataPointed color-data goodness.)
posted by escabeche on Jul 31, 2011 - 77 comments

Media, Color, Time, Youth

A letterpress made of Legos used to create 8-bit prints. (more on NPR)
Hexadecimal color codes for every Crayola crayon [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Feb 4, 2011 - 20 comments

The Triumph Of The Crayolatariat

The Triumph Of The Crayolatariat - a reflection on the iconic status of the old Crayola factory tour. You can take the new tour and see boots worn by an actual worker, but the manufacturing process is now a performance piece. [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 26, 2010 - 19 comments

We've discussed the 2000 Census a few times before, but we've never debated the 2000 Crayola Color Census. It's childhood nostalgia second only to the smell of Play-Doh. You can read up on the history of the colors and see the most popular ones. Nearly all of the top ten colors are shades of blue, which shouldn't be too surprising. Me? I'm a burnt sienna kinda guy.
posted by Aaaugh! on Jun 5, 2001 - 15 comments

"It's just imprudent to put a product as manifestly hazardous as asbestos in material such as crayons."

"It's just imprudent to put a product as manifestly hazardous as asbestos in material such as crayons." Uhhh...what he said.
posted by ajh on May 23, 2000 - 5 comments

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