Paint-by-number kits had a board with a pre-printed design, two paint brushes, and small containers with various colors of oil paint. Numbers were printed in each area of the design to show you what color paint to use.
Max S. Klein invented these kits in 1950 and developed and marketed them through his own Palmer Paint Company of Detroit, Michigan. Dan Robbins, a commercial artist, created the painting designs.
In 1951, Palmer Paint Company sold over 12 million Craft Master brand paint-by-number kits. "A Beautiful Oil Painting The First Time You Try" was printed on each box top. Because of their popularity, other companies also began creating them.
Paint-by-Number kits are great fun for the entire family, and are perfect for birthday or Christmas presents. They can keep kids occupied at birthday parties and sleep-overs, or are a great surprise to pull out on a dreary, cold, or wet day.