I found this vintage package of Crayola crayons in a desk drawer. I've no idea what year they were made, but they're the oldest Crayons I've got:
They're certainly not as old as the ones shown in these two sweet vintage advertisements from the 1920's:
Here's how the new Crayola 64 box looked in 1958:
This advertisement is from 1959. It looks to me as though the artist who created this ad could be the same person who drew the Betsy McCall paper dolls for McCall's magazine::
I also discovered that I had two unopened boxes of Crayola crayons tucked away, both of which I purchased in the 90's because they came in tins. I was kind of into collecting tins at the time:
A box of retired colors were included with one of the large 64-crayon assortments.
From left to right, the colors are: blue gray, green blue, maize, orange red, raw umber, orange yellow, violet blue, and lemon yellow.
So, um...if you ever want to come over and color with me, I have lots of crayons. I don't think I want to use the vintage box or my retired colors, though.
I THINK I might even have some coloring books around here somewhere....