While there are other brands available today, crayons as we know them were developed by Binney & Smith™ in 1903. Their brand name Crayola® was created by combining two French words and basically means "oily chalk."©2012 The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Inc.
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Every kid played with crayons, but my sister made that activity memorable for our family. One evening, I was supposed to be watching her while my parents were away and I fell asleep on the couch. I woke up to see my parents looking down at me sternly. In my sleepy haze, I didn't understand why...it was because my little sister was standing on my back drawing huge spirals onto the living room wall with a black crayon. I still haven't lived that one down. - Dusty, Indianapolis