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What year were crayons invented?

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Modern Crayola crayons were invented in 1902 by Binney & Smith, and they were first sold to the general public a year later. Although it is not known exactly when the first crayons were invented, earlier versions were made from oil and charcoal rather than wax.

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The Crayola crayon came about after Alice Binney, the wife of Crayola's co-founder, suggested the company create an alternative to expensive crayons that had to be imported from Europe. Today, crayons are made from a mixture of color pigment and paraffin wax, after discovering that using wax instead of oil resulted in a more sturdy crayon stick.

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