In 1903, Binney & Smith offered Crayola crayons in the following 8 colors (10+ 1): Black, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange, Red, Violet and Yellow. In Crayola Chronology, you can see how the number of colors have increased, how the names of some colors have changed, and how some colors are voted out of the box over the last 100 years (10+ 2). Today there is a core list of about 120 colors (10+ 2).
The Crayola 64 Box is still very popular with its crayons in Apricot, Asparagus, Bittersweet, Black, Blue, Blue Green, Blue Violet, Brick Red, Brown, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Cadet Blue, Carnation Pink, Cerulean, Chestnut, Cornflower, Dandelion, Forest Green, Gold, Goldenrod, Granny Smith Apple, Gray, Green, Green Yellow, Indigo, Lavender, Macaroni and Cheese, Magenta, Mahogany, Mauvelous, Melon, Olive Green, Orange, Orchid, Pacific Blue, Peach, Periwinkle, Plum, Purple Mountain’s Majesty, Raw Sienna, Red, Red Orange, Red Violet, Robin’s Egg Blue, Salmon, Scarlet, Sea Green, Sepia, Silver, Sky Blue, Spring Green, Tan, Tickle Me Pink, Timberwolf, Tumbleweed, Turquoise Blue, Violet, Violet Red, White, Wild Strawberry, Wisteria, Yellow, Yellow Green and Yellow Orange.
What brilliant drawings of a range of different powers of 10 could be made with these vivid crayons – Purple Mountain’s Majesty as part of a rainbow (10+ 3), or Cadet Blue for the sky with Dandelion for the moon (10+ 9), or Wild Strawberry and Tickle Me Pink for a nucleus of an atom (10-14).