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Sunday, September 24, 2006



- By Vince Johnson

Before we went to the first grade, most of us knew all the colors in the rainbow. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Violet. We had crayons and we colored the sky blue, oranges were orange and apples were the same color as little red wagons loaded with green watermelons. You couldn't color the snowman because it was already white, but you could make a carrot colored nose, do little black dots for his eyes and a scarf in red, green or blue.

The first crayons were made by Crayola in 1902. They sold for a nickel a box having 8 colors which were black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, and green. Life was simple. Fire engines and cabooses were red. Steam engines were black. Cars were black, blue or tan. Log cabins were brown. With a choice of 8 colors, no time was wasted on pick’n and choose'n. You grabbed a crayon and started coloring.
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