Paint by numbers: Start of the art
POSTED: Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 1:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The concept couldn't be more simple: Just paint the color into the section with the corresponding number.
It's called paint-by-numbers and its creator lives in metro Detroit.
In 1950, Dan Robbins had an idea that would grow to inspire budding artists.
The 87-year-old proudly displays the 50s fad in his West Bloomfield, Michigan home. From the very first paint by numbers image to a later Marilyn Monroe that was never marketed.
"I don't ever call them art. I call them the experience of picking up a brush, dipping it in paint," Robbins said.
The Cass Tech High School grad and Army veteran worked at the Palmer Paint Company on a washable paint set for kids. But Robbins said his boss wanted to reach more consumers and asked him to come up with something.
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