Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crayola Project Book '58

The purpose of the Crayola Crayon Project Book (1958 / Binny & Smith) was to "help youngsters have more fun with crayons", because (as the intro goes on to say), "Crayons are more than a plaything; they are an aid to learning." I couldn't agree more, and this booklet is full of great ideas and lovely 50's artwork showing you just how to do it.








9 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

Heck yeah. Why didn't I ever think of decorating Easter eggs with crayons? That makes so much more sense than that smelly vinegar dye from Paas (another highly nostalgic box with frequently excellent artwork).

My favorite moment in this little book of great stuff comes on page three in the description for the Tidy Bags. Did you notice this? It says "Have children decorate large paper bags..." --this is the only clue we get in the whole book that it is being targeted at the adults. The rest of the suggestions just cut to the chase, skipping the kids completely: "Draw these paper plates, Karswell. Make these robot helmets, Karswell."

Karswell said...

I challenge you to a duel, Mr C! Just as soon as we make some Crayon battle armor and helmets! The crayon is mightier than the sword!

Mr. Cavin said...

You just wait. In Late fall 2013, when I finish unpacking in the next place, I'll have enough cardboard boxes to sic a damn army of darkness all over Misery. You and your little helper are toast.

Karswell said...

By then I'll have Giant Crayon Cardboard Battle Bots constructed. You're dead.

Craftypants Carol said...

These illustrations are so great! And I really love the red and black color scheme. I could stare at these all day.

Karswell said...

You're on my team to fight and destroy Mr C, right Carol?

Craftypants Carol said...

Can I be the referee?

Karswell said...

Personal cheer leader?

Craftypants Carol said...

:)