12 May 2023

Published May 10, 2023 by rochellewisoff

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PHOTO PROMPT © Jennifer Pendergast


Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


Edwin brought eleven-year-old Mary and four-year-old Edwin Jr. the fruits of his labor. “Look what Papa has for you!”

Mary rolled a wax stick in her hand. “We already have crayons. The violet color is pretty, though.”

Edwin Jr. took one. “Yellow! It’s like sunshine.”

Their mother gave each of the children a coloring book. “Let’s see what they do on paper, shall we?” She smiled. “These crayons need a special name. Let’s see. Craie is French for chalk and ola is Latin for oily. What about Crayola?”

Edwin Binney kissed his wife Alice’s cheek. “My dear. You’re a genius.”

58 comments on “12 May 2023

  • Yep, I think most of use grew up with Crayola. The second half of the video got a bit too much into marketing, but the first half was interesting – I did not know the history nor put “dustless” chalk in with Crayola crayons. Anyway, like the story 🙂

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    • Dear Trent,

      I agree about the video. But the first part was great. I never knew the history before either. I sure have loved my crayolas over the years. The off brands never could compare. Thank you re my story.



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  • I remember getting nice crayons instead of the nasty wax ones they gave more sticky hands than colour. Still prefer a pen though, if I’m honest.
    Thanks for another great history lesson, and for choosing my photo this week!

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  • Rochelle, what a fun and educational story. I never thought about why they were called crayola or what it meant. I don’t think there is a person alive who hasn’t held one in their hand (in places they are available.)

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  • Thank you Rochelle for this delightful story of the Crayola invention. Brings back so many endearing memories. Even my children enjoyed the feel and smell of those endless hours creating. Still have my original box from the sixties, just never seem to become perishable. You’re right the pictures added the unforgettable scent.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You are the queen of the historical fiction! I love the story of how the name came to be. Of course a woman thought of it 😉

    Shalom and lotsa colourful love,


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    • Dear Nobbin,

      I’ve only used a few crayons that weren’t crayola. Usually they came with bargain basement coloring books. Not the same as Crayolas.
      Back from Israel and still battling jet-lag. Thank you.



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