April 5, 2013

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Attention people who would be interested in a Popeye surface-to-air launcher crayon set...

I thought it would be good to qualify this post as not to tie up the folks who aren't interested in such trivia. What is Popeye surface-to-air launcher crayon set? It's a set of crayons produced during World War II that is now part of the collection of crayon aficionado, Ed Welter — one of thousands of sets he has found, rescued, and documented for his one-of-a-kind collection.

As a graphic designer, this stuff fascinates me on two levels. First, I was a crayon user. I don't remember how many sets I burned through as a kid, but it was the ultimate creative tool — a way of getting ideas on paper fast. And second, I love ephemera and old crayon sets (particularly their packaging), offer an interesting look at the designs and styles of the hundreds of years since crayons were first invented — Wikipedia tell us "The word "crayon" dates to 1644, coming from (chalk) and the Latin word creta (earth)."

If you're curious, here's enough to get you started.

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This video piece by Patrick Rosenkranz offers a good introduction to Welter and his collection...

This is Ed Welter's website. There are some broken image links but all of the content can be access through this table of contents...

The "crayon" page from Wikipedia.org...

An article about Welter from The Oregonian...

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Comments

Thanks for the shout out, Chuck. You can view images with the IE browser if they aren't showing on another browser. With hundreds of pages of photos and data, I didn't realize that Microsoft embeds their own code that doesn't work well with other browsers when I started creating the pages. But I'm only one person and I'm not selling anything, there are no ads on the site. It's dedicated to purely crayons, their containers and their history. I'd love to change every problem with the site but even fanatical collectors have lives too.

Ed

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