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An American cultural icon, the Crayola 64 Box made its debut in 1958 on the "Captain Kangaroo Show." The assortment included 16 brand new colors, expanding on the 48-ct. box of Crayola crayons which, until then, was the "Cadillac" of crayon boxes.
More than 200 million Crayola 64 Boxes have been sold over the last 50 years. The 12.8 billion crayons inside would circle the earth 24 times. An original 64 Box was added to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1998, the same year it was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Although the most popular color inside the 64 Box is blue, it has also been home to colors like burnt sienna, cornflower and carnation pink. The famous box with the built-in sharpener was best described by the late David Shayt, cultural history curator for the Smithsonian Institution, when he said, "Opening a box is like stepping through the door to Oz. It’s like opening a box of memories for adults, especially colorful ones, and walking into the process of discovery for children. There’s a community of colors inside the box that peppers everyone’s imaginations." A part of the collective history and experiences of generations of Americans, the Crayola 64 Box remains one of the most enduring and identifiable symbols of American youth culture. Although no longer the largest assortment of crayons in Crayola’s collection of children’s art tools—the Crayola Telescoping Crayon Tower contains a whopping 150 colors—it is the one steeped in the most history, and truly worthy of being among the "Best Classic Toys."
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