Color Your Way to Creativity

by Gilda Bonanno LLC

The Crayola crayons box of 64 (with built-in sharpener) is 51 years old! The first Crayola crayons were introduced by Binney & Smith in 1903 in the following colors - Black, Brown, Orange, Violet, Blue, Green, Red and Yellow - and the box of 64 debuted in 1958.

Colorful crayons are fun for children - and they can also be a great way for adults to unleash their creativity. A few years ago, I bought myself a box of 96 crayons. Writing or drawing with those great colors helps me feel more creative and lets me tap into parts of my brain that usually are dormant.

The next time you want to brainstorm ideas or look at things from a different perspective, put down your regular pen or pencil and pick up a crayon or marker in your favorite color.

And if you're in the mood for some nostalgia, visit and click on Color Corner (under About Crayola) and see which colors you remember and which have been retired. For the record, the following colors were retired and "enshrined in the Crayola Hall of Fame on August 7, 1990" - green blue, orange red, orange yellow, violet blue, maize, lemon yellow, blue gray and raw umber.

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