We all love our 64-count box of Crayolas (with the built-in sharpener), but those 64 colors have gone through quite some changes since they were first introduced over 100 years ago.
1. Prussian Blue
Prussian Blue was introduced as a color in 1949 and just 9 years later the name was changed to Midnight Blue. It’s not completely clear why the change was made, but some people believe it may be that students just didn’t know what Prussia was, or that it may have to do with xenophobia surrounding the Cold War.
2. Indian Red
Indian Red was a misunderstood color. When the crayon was first introduced in 1958, it was named for a pigment that came from India. Many people began to worry that kids would believe the name was in reference to the skin color of American Indians. In 1999, Crayola renamed the crayon Chestnut.
3. Blizzard Blue, Magic Mint, and Teal Blue and Mulberry
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company in 2003, Crayola had people suggest new colors, and vote which colors would get the ax. Blizzard Blue, Magic Mint, and Teal Blue and Mulberry were all cut, and they were replaced with ones such as Inch Worm, Jazzberry Jam, Mango Tango and Wild Blue Yonder.
In 1962, Crayola changed the name of the crayon from “Flesh” to “Peach” voluntarily to avoid any legal issues. I think it was a good move because coloring with flesh is inherently creepy.
5. Blue Gray, Green Blue, Lemon Yellow, Maize, Orange Red, Orange Yellow, Raw Umber and Violet Blue
1990 brought the retirement of colors that had been around for a long time. They were replaced with more vibrant sounding ones such as Cerulean, Fuchsia and Dandelion.