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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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iluvhim637

I don't feel as weird about keeping at least one of each retired or "changed name" crayons now. But is it weird I don't let my daughter use those ones? Oh well, and they need to bring back thistle and many others but thistle is the one i miss the most.

OrangePop

just found this... HMM pleasant surprise I forgot about it!
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Sallianne

Violet blue has gone??! So sad :(. Used to love reading all the names in a new box of crayons!

fosterdv

I remember them having a color for everything.. I loved Crayola crayons.

meezer85

I remember the smell too! Yummy! What could be better than a nice fresh box of Crayola Crayons? Thanks for the colors, Crayola!

fosterdv

Lol, that's true... they did have a pretty unique smell to them.

saltwaterveins

Green Blue was always one of my favorites :(

GypsySoul68

Crayolas helped shape my lust for colors. Thistle is one of my all-time favorites, and I still refer to that shade as "thistle."

pitgreen

nice color combination

terrysanders

The mulberry is awesome.

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