How one Ohio town once claimed the title of ‘color capital of the world’

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The late 19th century was a time of explosive innovation in Ohio.

The Wright brothers were tinkering with airplanes, automobile start-ups began cropping up, and a vibrant legacy was taking hold in Sandusky: the American Crayon Company became one of the most successful manufacturers of the classic school supply.

John Kropf captures the colorful history in his book “The Color Capital of the World: Growing up with a Legacy of a Crayon Company”. Kropf is a descendant of the crayon’s creators and grew up in Sandusky when the crayon factory was a vital part of northern Ohio’s industry.

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