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Paint A Number, advertisements, undated

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 1: Advertising and Promotional Materials, 1952-1955, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8dde5268f-474e-41a4-9ae7-6bd234ae5c87
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref658

Paint By Number, cartoons, undated

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 1: Advertising and Promotional Materials, 1952-1955, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep879ae77cf-e7f8-4925-983d-d0d8cc88a5dc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref662

Kathi Urbach, artist, pamphlet, undated

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 21
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 1: Advertising and Promotional Materials, 1952-1955, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep86ce7d2c5-4f56-4266-900d-585e8ed605ed
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref673

Newspaper clippings

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 3: Newspaper Articles, 1953-1954, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8da79b33d-8516-404a-a004-4d5029cd992f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref679

Craft and toy show displays

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1954
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 4: Photographs, 1954, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fbcc677e-4df0-4dd7-af25-4ac26dc126f5
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref685

Paint By Number, portrait advertisements

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 4: Photographs, 1954, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8795715e0-3385-4d38-af40-e8cf587a36d2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref687

Paint By Number, exhibit of paintings

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 4: Photographs, 1954, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8230c366d-b5b9-481a-b6c2-aa4be183f3d7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref688

Arthur Godfrey and Paint By Number demonstration

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 4: Photographs, 1954, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8b3ed0707-71d3-45fb-b2ed-24de01e1b488
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref692

Sketches, K-19A-19B

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 5: Transparencies, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84c5b9251-b0eb-4b34-869a-26875a4a53d8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref706

Sketch color diagram

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 4, Folder 19
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 5: Transparencies, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8fc0b616c-51f1-4cbc-8a55-30a66a6b13f8
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref714

Feline Fun, K-22A

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 6: Painting and Sketch Sets, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep88a2d1d40-f34e-48a8-aa2d-a588f7358d2d
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref722

Still Life, unknown number

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 12
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 6: Painting and Sketch Sets, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a3543138-2ad8-4bfb-985c-3cd52e4a270c
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref731

Versailles Chateau, unknown number

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 13
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 9: Paintings with Color Sketches, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8a4006022-48bd-4f96-a71c-91963f755218
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref764

Scene, unknown number

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 10: Paintings, Transparencies, and Sketches, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep82716b5b7-6116-401b-834e-93cb68201421
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref766

Versailles Chateau, unknown number

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 10: Paintings, Transparencies, and Sketches, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8baed16ae-df30-41bd-81e9-d4bc01960197
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref769

Peaceful Countryside, KB-201A

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 8, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 11: Sketches, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep80d9316cd-b449-4c4b-8f05-71eed4acf6d0
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref775

Paint By Number Collection

Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Extent:
5 Cubic feet (16 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Designs
Layouts
Sheet music
Photographs
Date:
circa 1952-1957, undated
Summary:
Collection documents the business activities of the Palmer Paint Sales Company creators and manufacturers of Craft Master Paint by Number kits. Materials Include mail order forms, photographs, advertisements, product information, newspaper and magazine articles, invoices, original artwork, trade literature, and scrapbooks.
Scope and Contents:
Collection documents the history and business activities of the Palmer Paint Sales Company primarily the sale of its products and in particular the Craft Master paint by number kits. The kits were sold as boxed sets starting with a canvas and later board printed with a blue line drawing. The drawing's numbered sections corresponded to specific paint colors which were also included in the kits along with brushes and instructions. The paint by number kits varied in size, detail, skill level, and targeted audience. The Palmer Paint Sales Company was not the only merchandiser of paint by number kits, but it was the largest and most prolific probably due to Klein's marketing skills and the artistic talents of the company's employees. The collection includes advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, invoices, mail order forms, scrapbooks, photographs, original artwork, and trade literature. It is arranged in fourteen series: Series 1, Advertising and Promotional Materials, 1952-1955, undated; Series 2, General Motors Corporation, undated; Series 3, Newspaper Articles, 1953-1954, undated; Series 4, Photographs, 1954, undated; Series 5, Transparencies, undated; Series 6, Painting and Sketch Sets, undated; Series 7, Sketches, undated; Series 8, Paintings, undated; Series 9, Paintings with Color Sketches, undated; Series 10, Paintings, Transparencies, and Sketches, undated; Series 11, Sketches, undated; Series 12, Scrapbooks, 1953-1957, undated; Series 13, Paint By Number Kits, undated; and Series 14, Sheet Music, undated
Arrangement:
Collection is arranged in fourteen series.

Series 1, Advertising and Promotional Materials, 1952-1955, undated

Series 2, General Motors Corporation, undated

Series 3, Newspaper Articles, 1953-1954, undated

Series 4, Photographs, 1954, undated

Series 5, Transparencies, undated

Series 6, Painting and Sketch Sets, undated

Series 7, Sketches, undated

Series 8, Paintings, undated

Series 9, Paintings with Color Sketches, undated

Series 10, Paintings, Transparencies, and Sketches, undated

Series 11, Sketches, undated

Series 12, Scrapbooks, 1953-1957, undated

Series 13, Paint By Number Kits, undated

Series 14, Sheet Music, undated
Biographical / Historical:
The concept of paint by number was conceived in 1949 by Max Klein (1922-1993) engineer and owner of the Palmer Paint Sales Company and commercial artist John Daniel (Dan) Robbins (1925-2019). Klein was interested in increasing paint sales when he presented Dan Robbins, the company's creator of package designs and children's book illustrations, the challenge. Under the Craft Master name, they created kits with the assistance of other artists who helped Robbins with the task of making the outlines, creating transparent overlays, painting, printing, and proofing artwork. Both Klein's and Robbins's wives spent time painting samples for Craft Master to test and display. In 1959 Klein sold Craft Master which he set up as a separate company after the product became so successful. It has since gone through several ownerships.
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Every Man a Rembrandt! Episode 188, May 1954, demonstrates manufacturing painting sets with numbers. Palmer Paint Sales Company, Detroit, Michigan.

Materials at the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Division of Social History, Exhibition Records Accession 04-069

Office of Exhibits Central, Exhibition Records Accession 08-051

Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

See http://americanhistory.si.edu/paint/reminiscence.html

Materials at Other Organizations

Paint By Numbers Museum

Detroit Historical Society

Detroit Historical Museum

Museum of Modern Art
Separated Materials:
Related objects located in the Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life).
Provenance:
Collection donated by Jacquelyn Schiffman, September 21, 1997.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Art, American -- 1930-1960  Search this
Leisure -- United States  Search this
Painting -- 1930-1960  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings
Designs
Layouts -- 1930-1960
Sheet music -- 1920-1960
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0544
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Paint By Number Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep899a7d50a-5632-4e4e-abed-328e28e1eb02
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0544
Online Media:

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Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 1, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1953
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 1: Advertising and Promotional Materials, 1952-1955, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8ea68db85-bc93-4b7d-9896-b9c99ab8255b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref655

Dancer, unknown number

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 8: Paintings, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8d6ed0cd9-56a0-48af-bbd0-6b02955bc2cb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref745

Landscape with Lighthouse, unknown number

Collection Donor:
Schiffman, Jacquelyn  Search this
Collection Creator:
Palmer Paint Company  Search this
Container:
Box 6, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Paint By Numbers Collection, circa 1952-1957, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Paint By Number Collection
Paint By Number Collection / Series 8: Paintings, undated
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e3069c77-046f-44ed-9408-1260747200f7
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0544-ref747

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