A history of Crayola colors | How About Orange

November 08, 2006

A history of Crayola colors

Learn about the history of Crayola's color names, starting with the original box of 8 in 1903. You know--back when calling a color "blue" was good enough. Did you know that in 1962, "partly in response to the civil rights movement, Crayola decided to change the name of the 'flesh' crayon to 'peach.' Renaming this crayon was a way of recognizing that skin comes in a variety of shades." Good move.


Alfred T. Mahan said...

*sobs* I weep for the retirement of the colors in 1990.

And "neon carrot"? *Gags*

Still, I am curious how they got away with "fuzzy wuzzy brown"...

Anonymous said...

This makes me realize I grew up coloring at Grandma's with a box that was pre-1958...I always knew prussian blue was the deepest darkest blue and flesh was obviously the color of my princess's faces in my coloring book. Yep, the crayons had over 20 years on me and I never knew it.