Crayola Crayons

A favorite of youngsters during the 20th century and into the 21st century has been Crayola Crayons. The basic colors first started off for Crayola were red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, and black. However, it did not remain just 8 colors, more varieties were added over the decades – some 120 different colors with creative names such as Caribbean green and denim.

Some names of colors have even been renamed. An example was Prussian Blue to Midnight Blue. There was also a skin color shade called ‘flesh’ which was renamed in 1962 to ‘peach’. A color hue called ‘Indian Red’ (a reddish-brown hue) was renamed in 1999 to ‘Chestnut’.

In 1990 Crayola actually discontinued 8 colors: maize, lemon yellow, blue-grey, raw umber, green blue, orange-red, orange-yellow and violet-blue.

Even as of early 2017, long-time colors were still retired, not to be in the Crayola box anymore. An example, the color ‘dandelion’ was removed and replaced with a shade of blue that was named by customer’s suggestions (over 90,000) of ‘bluetiful’.

Image all the colors used by you, your parents and grandparents all thanks to Crayola Crayons.

Photo: The newest Bluetiful crayon color.

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