25 January 2003
No wax tadpoles, though
In 1903, having detected a demand for safe, quality, affordable wax crayons, Binney & Smith Company, 81-83 Fulton Street, New York City, introduces a box of eight for a nickel Black, Brown, Orange, Violet, Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow and devises the name "Crayola". The rest, as they say, is history, and if you grew up in the States, it's likely part of your history too.
(Oh, those fat Besco crayons that were flat on one side so they wouldn't roll away? Also a B&S product, hence the name. Hard to chew, though.)