twenty-two years of wasted color

August 5, 2012


Lloyd has been working non-stop this past week getting all that wire hooked up and functioning so that they can have wireless internet at his school. I stopped by on Saturday and ‘helped’. Totin’ and haulin’ – those are my specialties!

At one point we were in the office of the shop teacher who just retired after working there for-eh-ver. (Lloyd thinks 30 years or more.) The desk was mostly cleaned out, but this was in one of the drawers.

I left the brush.

These markers were made in 1990! We were still in college! These are older than our marriage. Sorry, Lincoln Lutheran, but I took it home. It’s for science!

Here they are next to a box of new markers, 8 vs. 10:

This is more exciting for me than for you.

How are they different? Well, aside from being pretty dried out, old markers are shorter than their newer siblings, and also don’t have a website printed on the side because the internet hadn’t been invented yet.

Taller and dare I say slimmer?

New markers are multilingual! Old markers are singlelingual.

What? No Swahili?

The old markers boast that they have long lives, and say how to revive them. I can’t decide if I should or not.


If I do decide to revitalize these, how come I’m not supposed to shake them? What?! What could possible happen? Is it worth it?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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3 Responses to “twenty-two years of wasted color”

  1. Brad Said on:

    That’s cool. Using those markers are like time travel. I have often wondered about subtle changes that happen over the years to some of my favorite products. Usually it’s breakfast cereal that I’m thinking about. Trix, for instance, are completely different than they used to be. If I found a 20 year-old box of them, would I eat them to see how they tasted? I think I would.


  2. Kristi Said on:

    Shake them, I say.


  3. Peggy Said on:

    Cool—it’s a Crayola Time Capsule!!

    I love Crayola, but I’m a crayon kind of gal. I recently bought a box of 96. 96!! Woo hoo! Then I found out the 96 box came out in 1993. They’re up to 150 now. Where will it end?


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