Happy National Crayola Crayon Day
March 31, 2021
Imagine being 136 years old. Not an easy task since humans rarely live that long. However, the Binney & Smith Company, which later became Crayola, LLC, was founded in New York City on March 31, 1885. That makes today, Crayola's 136th birthday.
According to crayola.com, the company was launched by Edwin Binney and his cousin, C. Harold Smith. The pair started out in 1885 making red oxide pigments to paint barns and using carbon to blacken automobile tires.
In 1900, they opened a mill in Easton, Pennsylvania, to produce slate pencils for schools. They soon identified a market for safe, s...