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I went to Staples today for some office supplies, and came back with this. 🙂

Do you remember the smell of the original box of 64 Crayola Crayons? One sniff and I’m transported back to my Disney coloring books of 1958. My cousin, Sally, and I would lie on the floor, each with a page in front of us. I had a blue crayon and she had a red one because those were our favorite colors then.

There’s just something about a freshly-opened box of 64 Crayola crayons.

I hope I never grow up.

9 Responses to "Happy 50th Birthday To The 64 Box!"

  1. Susan

    January 8, 2008

    I remember those crayons, and fondly. I especially liked gold! Not too long ago we played host to a 6 year old daughter of friends of ours, and we dug out our son’s crayons. Lots of memories

  2. sunny

    January 8, 2008

    Susan – Are there still good coloring books out there? I need to buy myself one. 😉

  3. Erica Ross-Krieger

    January 8, 2008

    Hi Sunny, I saw your comments tonight on Liz Strauss Open Mic night and thought I’d pop by to say hello. when I saw the post, I had to grin. Yes! I so remember the smell of the 64 box! In fact, I thought I was the only one who really linked in to “eau de Crayola” — in fact, I keep a blank pad of drawing paper and a box of 64 in my office for rainy days…transports me back to kindergarten circa 1963. Thanks for the reminder to pull them out tomorrow — it’s pouring here:)

  4. sunny

    January 9, 2008

    Erica,
    Thanks for stopping by! “Eau de Crayola” – I love it. 🙂

  5. colleen

    January 9, 2008

    I want a box! I remember when they had the color “flesh.” I always bring colored pens to trainings and meetings so I can doodle when I get bored.

    Thanks for sharing on yesterday’s post at LL. It was very helpful. Maybe the white feather is a universal symbol. Did you see the link to the “black feather?” That was the color of my dad’s feather.

  6. sunny

    January 9, 2008

    Colleen — Yes, I recall more than one color becoming non-PC. Remember Indian red?
    I have a book on my shelf called “Sacred Feathers: The Power of One Feather to Change Your Life” by Maril Crabtree. Have you read it?

  7. Jerry Waxler

    January 10, 2008

    Hey, as soon as I read the sentence “Do you remember the smell of the original box of 64 Crayola Crayons?” I smelled it so strongly they might as well have been in the room. My first olfactory hallucination! Thanks!

    Jerry Waxler
    Memory Writers Network

  8. sunny

    January 10, 2008

    It’s a great one to experience, Jerry! Buy a box and keep them next to you — I find them to be the fastest way to travel when I want to go back and write about the late 50’s and early 60’s.

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