Edwin Binney (1866-1934), born in Shrub Oak, New York, and C. Harold Smith (1860-1931), born in London, England, founded Binney & Smith in 1885. Binney & Smith was then incorporated in 1902. In 2007, the company name Binney & Smith was changed to Crayola. There is a book titled "Lives and Times Edwin Binney The Founder of Crayola Crayons" that was published by Heinemann Library. The book offers history behind the founding of Binney & Smith. It can be found through Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon.com, or the publisher at 888.454.2279. Below you will find a list of all the sites Crayola maintains. Be sure and visit these for a variety of information about our company and its products: www.crayola.com
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We also offer a photocopied booklet titled "Story of a Rainbow" which contains more detailed history information than the Crayola site. To receive a copy, please call us at 800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Time. Please be sure to provide your full name and mailing address.