Crayons have a smell that nearly anybody can recognize blindfolded.
It’s stearic acid, which is the formal name for processed beef fat.
The Egyptians used hot beeswax combined with colored pigment to bind color into stone in a process known as encaustic painting.
E. Steiger & Co. in New York was one of the first companies to offer up a line of wax crayons aimed for kindergarten use in the 1880s.
Binney & Smith Company, which was later named Crayola, developed their own famous line of wax crayons on June 10, 1903.
They were quick to capitalize on their creation and offered eighteen different boxes with 30 different colors including the Crayola No 51 which featured 28 colors.