Crayons are used by thousands of people worldwide everyday. They are used for writing, coloring and drawing. But who invented crayons? This post will answer that very question!
Who Invented Crayons?
For thousands of years, mankind has used a variety of different instruments to write and draw. However, the first ‘modern’ crayons originated in Europe. No one knows who first invented them, but they were probably made of a mixture between charcoal and oil. The first crayons had no color, they were all black (due to the charcoal). Eventually, powdered pigments were used to give the crayons some color! Many years later it was discovered that it was better to use wax than oil, as it made the crayons a lot easier to use.
Crayola crayons, the most popular crayons used today, were invented by two cousins- Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. They invented them in 1903. When they were first experimenting with crayons they loaded them with carbon black, which was very toxic to children. They eventually perfected the mixture so it was nontoxic for children.