Apr 05, 2019
By Andy Johnson
The man who created the first paint-by-numbers pictures that many Zoomers grew up with in the ’50’s has died.
Dan Robbins came up with the idea for paint-by-numbers in the 1940s while working for a paint company in Detroit. He’d heard that Leonardo de Vinci used numbered backgrounds when teaching his students and decided to give it a try.
The works were initially dismissed by some critics, but were later celebrated and enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.
By 1955, paint-by-number kits were selling at a rate of 20 million per year.
Dan Robbins was 93