Fri 02-27-98 12:10 pm


WASHINGTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A box of Crayola crayons is the latest pop culture object to be enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution.

A vintage 1958 box of 64 Crayola crayons, along with an assortment of Crayola advertising, will be placed in the Smithsonian Museum of American History later this week.

The Smithsonian says the Crayola box made it into the museum because it’s a pop culture icon that’s unique in many ways – including being the first crayon box to have a built- in sharpener.

It is also the 40th anniversary of the 64-crayon package, and in honor of that event, Crayola is releasing a limited edition version of the Crayola 64 box that has the original graphics from 1958.

But one thing that is different is the price. A box of 64 Crayola crayons only cost $1 in 1958, but the limited edition box will sell for around $4.

CONTACT: Tracey Muldoon Moran (Crayola publicity); Philadelphia, PA; (610) 253-****, ext. 4289

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