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The Lost Colors of Crayola

The Lost Colors of Crayola


Crayola has been the standard for crayons, and at least partially responsible for bringing color naming to the mainstream for 126 years now.  The crayons and color names have come a long way from the standard 8 color crayon box of black, blue, red, green, brown, yellow, violet, and orange.

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Over the years they've added plenty of new colors to their line of wax crayons but not all of those can still be found today. Some of those  colors have been discontinued or renamed, for various reasons, and since 1998 they've maintain a core collection of 120 colors, (check out our post 'All 120 Crayon Names and Color Codes' here in the COLOURlovers blog to see them all and grab their digital code equivalents).


The retired colors.

Retired colors are tucked away in the Crayola Hall of Fame but that's no place for color! So here we look back at those colors that are no longer at our finger tips but can live forever in our digital coloring books. Click on the colors to grab their digital equivalent from the COLOURlovers' library.

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novrain62

at 49 I still have my Crayola's and coloring books - and miss some of those old retired colors!! COLOR ON!

albenaj

I love Crayola.Love that orange red retired colour))

Pennington

Ugh loved Maize, and still have a small tiny piece of it left. Unfortunately it is just to say I have it, because it does me no good. It's too small to color with :( lol.

OrangePop

LEMON YELLOW yum I love crains too! Do you say it Cray - awn or Crane?

Sanwiliams

I cherished getting a new box of Crayolas at the beginning of each school year. Just a whiff of the colored wax takes me back. Thank you for the memory refresher! :)

@fifah

Finally!! evad, where have you been?? been missing all your colourful post all this while..its good to see you back!! =)

sundancer

I can't believe they retired Maize. It was always my go-to color for coloring the hair of Disney Princesses Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, and Thistle was always their lips or cheeks (Snow White had Mulberry lips.) How sad! I, too, have missed your posts
Evad.

sundancer

OrangePop wrote:
LEMON YELLOW yum I love crains too! Do you say it Cray - awn or Crane?


I've never in my life ever heard anyone call it "crane." My sister and I grew up calling them "crans" like as in rhyming with pan and tan.

ApostropheT

I remember some of these from my old crayon box in the 80s! I didn't know what a "thistle" even was at the time and had to look it up. It was a similar color to their "orchid", if I recall correctly. I also remember orange red, orange yellow, green blue, and violet blue. The other colors must have come out after I grew out of my crayon-using stage. ;)

Why were these colors retired? Does anybody know? I find the idea of "retiring" a color a little strange. Surely, we can find room for as many colors as possible!

sundancer

ApostropheT wrote:
I find the idea of "retiring" a color a little strange. Surely, we can find room for as many colors as possible!

Amen to that! Preach it. I mean, seriously, remember that big box of 96 crayons? I got it when I was 8 but I still wasn't satisfied. There were only a few colors that were good for skin and not every white person in the whole world is either apricot or peach. What about Snow White? She's ivory. There are also light apricots and medium peaches before you even get to the rich colored skin like brown, copper, chestnut, raw sienna, and tan. I was always mad that the only colors for my white people to choose from were either apricot or peach. Apricot was ALWAYS the first color to go down to a nub. Sky blue also for all the skies! I swear they should at least put double or triple the amount of sky blues into a package for that reason!!! Why do they retire colors? We need all the help we can get.

I didn't know what a "thistle" even was at the time and had to look it up.

I knew because I loved to read and there was a book about a donkey who loved thistles on the other side of the fence and he was always trying to get over there to eat them. :-)

sundancer

Oh! And also the year when the box of 96 colors came out was the year they let consumers name the colors. They should totes do that again sometime. One of my best childhood memories is sitting on my best friend's bed with her and going through the crayons, trying to think of the most epic name ever that would win. We sent a long list out. When the winners came out, we oooohed and ahhhhhed at Purple Mountain Majesty and Macaroni and Cheese, wishing we had thought of them ourselves.

ちょわ もさ

I remember, magic mint that I have used, had much lighter color

ちょわ もさ

Lemon yellow, teal blue, had some "neon" color effect.

ssign99

How's lovely color and their name ! >_<

Shyster☆

ちょわ もさ wrote:
Lemon yellow, teal blue, had some "neon" color effect.

yeah Blizzard Blue was also neon-ish if I'm remembering right. I know I loved that color and my favorites were the neon colors... RIP Blizzard Blue, you will forever be missed by me

oh man I wanna get me some crayons now...

ちょわ もさ

try name all the crayola colors using CIE 1931 color space !

AmyHands

OOOh Crayola! I LOVED their colours. I remember going over to my nanas house when I was little and draging the big box of crayons out and all the colouring books. I still remember the smell of them. SOO GOOD!! Orange Red we ALWAYS my favorite. Even in the crayola pencil collection. I litterally horded that colour and only used it for special things so I wouldnt run our of it.
Team

allisonsilber

I know, I used to have so many favorites! I would draw really hard and then break all the good colors...pretty sad!
AmyHands wrote:
OOOh Crayola! I LOVED their colours. I remember going over to my nanas house when I was little and draging the big box of crayons out and all the colouring books. I still remember the smell of them. SOO GOOD!! Orange Red we ALWAYS my favorite. Even in the crayola pencil collection. I litterally horded that colour and only used it for special things so I wouldnt run our of it.

Jdkshepard

I loved thistle, one of my favourites!

OrangePop

everyone keeps saying "the crayons I used to have"... I still have and use crayons. Looking at my 64 pack of crayons I got a couple years ago I really like plum. Does anybody else know this color? Other favorites of mine are Purple Mountain's Majesty (yes its still around!), Dandelion, Wild Strawberry, and Cerulean. All dependable colors...

pique

LOVE this article!!! my target has a make your own box - you can buy mini packs and a box with a design to colour in yourself. Crayola should totaly expand on that (even if only online) Re-release retired colours & let people make their own packs & pick out each crayon.
Would have to keep them safe from my 2 year old though- everytime i give her a new pack she insists on "letting a colours out" and painstakingly unwraps every single crayon.

cremedeeemiko

I LOVED blizzard blue and magic mint.

Hoosier_Kat

Awe, thistle was one of my all-time favorites. : (

Kimechan

I miss Thistle and Mullberry. They would almost always end up being used when I was coloring. I so love crayons!

sundancer

pique wrote:

Would have to keep them safe from my 2 year old though- everytime i give her a new pack she insists on "letting a colours out" and painstakingly unwraps every single crayon.

Awww that's so cute!

sundancer

Also, blue gray was perfect for skies. Why did they retire that?

14unknown

i love all of this colors ... very nice ^^~

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