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paint by number: collections

Paint by Number paintingĀ its were developed and marketed in 1950 by Max S. Klein, an engineer and owner of the Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Michigan and Dan Robbins, a commercial artist.

In 1951 Palmer Paint introduced the Craft Master brand which sold over 12 million kits. This public response induced other companies to produce their own versions of paint by number. The Craft Master paint-kit box tops proclaimed, "A BEAUTIFUL OIL PAINTING THE FIRST TIME YOU TRY." Following the death of Max Klein in 1993, his daughter, Jacquelyn Schiffman, donated the Palmer Paint Co. archives to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

In 2008 a private collector in Massachusetts assembled over 6,000 paint by number works dating back to the 1950s from eBay and other American collectors to create the Paint By Number Museum, the world's largest online archive of paint by number.

Images are from the following collectors:

Country Living

This Love is Forever

Jenn Jarnot

Sweet Jessie

Retro Rennovation

Klein Reed

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    This really makes these cheesy painting expectable. I love your walls. I think I recognize some of these.

    Comment by pat | 03.15.11

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