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Edwin Binney - Edwin Binney, Charles Smith

b.24 NOV 1866 — d.17 DEC 1934


Edwin Binney, Charles Smith

Edwin Binney, Charles Smith

Edwin Binney and his cousin C. Harold Smith inherited a pigment business in 1885 from Edwin's father Joseph. The cousins formed a partnership and called their company Binney & Smith. Early products include red oxide pigment used in barn paint and carbon black for car tires. The company began producing slate school pencils in 1900 in a mill located along the Bushkill Creek, approximately 1 mile upstream from the 13th Street Bridge.

The company produced the first box of eight Crayola® crayons in 1903, selling for a nickel. The Pigment Division was sold in 1955 and the company focused on its art materials business. In 1978, the company moved the bulk of its Pennsylvania-based manufacturing from its existing facilities along Bushkill Creek to another plant located in Forks Township.

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Posted By: Ray Gurganus

Updated: 9-8-2021
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