Max Klein Painter inventor

Object ID: 2013-020-007

Date: 1950


Max Klein was the man who invented (or co-invented) paint-by-numbers, the fad that swept the nation in the early 1950s. In 1956 he sold his interest in the painting business (Craft Master brand) and began a successful career in plastics.  Later in life, Max resided in West Bloomfield until his death on 20 May 1993. I am writing a brief biographical sketch of Max and would like to know if you have in your holdings any information relating to him?

Thanking you in advance for the favor of your reply, I am,

Le Roy G. Barnett PhD
Contributing Editor
Historical Society of Michigan