#JusJoJan: Periwinkle (?)

When Linda sent the post saying that Maggie had selected periwinkle as the prompt for today, I immediately thought of Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced boo-KAY) and her Royal Doulton with the hand-painted periwinkles. But I’m not going down that path, instead I want to talk about crayons.

Box of 64 Crayola crayons. Source: Reddit

Back in the ’60’s, the best present (for Christmas, birthday, etc.) a kid could receive was the box of 64 Crayola crayons with the built-in sharpener. This was eight times better than the box of 8 most of us bought to get us through the school year (the year I had Fabulous Auntie Jill for Art, she told us to get the box of 16, figuring we could use them). One of the colors was periwinkle.

Periwinkle

 

 

(see? I can still do HTML…)

I got the color code from this chart of all the Crayola crayon colors from throughout history. You can see there are many more than 64 of them. I was really surprised that periwinkle is still one of them in the box of 64; they’ve been phasing colors in and out each year, and I would have thought that periwinkle would have gotten the axe by now, but there it is…

One problem with having that many colors of crayons is that there are some colors for hich there is very little demand. By the time another gift-receiving holiday rolls around, there are no doubt colors that have barely been used. Periwinkle, asparagus, goldenrod (the official color of the customer receipt in a multipart form), cerulean, cornflower, and the redundant-souding colors, like blue-green and green-blue and red-violet and violet-red, would have spent the year langushing unused in the box while standbys like good ol’ red and black (congratulations to the University of Georgia football Bulldogs on their national championship) were worn down to stubs.

You have to wonder why they even put them in the box. Then you realize the amount of work that it took someone to actually come up with that color, particularly in the days before “millions of colors” computer monitors were even a thing. Or maybe there was a guy named Perry Winkle (younger brother of Winnie) who worked at Binney and Smith.

The mind boggles…

Let’s leave you with some of the best of Hyacinth Bucket…

29 thoughts on “#JusJoJan: Periwinkle (?)

  1. I love this colour…one of my favs! I often use a version of periwinkle. Tgat show and Hyacinth is so funny but no one would blame her husband if he finally whacked her over the head and buried her in the garden. Did you know the gal who plays her messy sister was married to Marty Feldman?

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  2. Keeping Up Appearances with Hyacinth Bucket was one of our all time favorite TV shows. Thanks for reminding me. Might do a little re-streaming.

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    1. Quick survey: how many of the 120 have you actually used? I think the most I ever used of the 64 was 30.

      Our PBS station here ran two episodes of it every Saturday night. We’ve seen all of them many times over.

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      1. I’ve used them all a few times. I did the Color Your World Challenge quite a few times where it required us to post photos of something with each of the Crayola Crayons. White is the hardest to get to show up, especially on coloring book pages. haha. :)

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    1. The guy who wrote it, Roy Clarke, was a genius, and Patricia Routledge brought Hyacinth to life like no one else could. I’ve seen her in other things where she was a little more down-to-earth… she had incredible range as an actress. She just passed away recently, didn’t she?

      So Crayolas were available there as well? They were hours of fun…

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      1. I believe Patricia Routledge is still alive I believe , she about 93yrs old. She is an amazing actress! As you say she has an amazing range!
        As for Crayola yes we love them still over here, my grandchildren use them πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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