A Camberwick Painting by numbers set produced by Philmar in 1970
User beware ! Any thoughts about being able to match the quality of the box lid were probably a tad optimistic !
The box is approximately 36 cm x 26 cm x 2.5 cm [or,in inches,about 14 x 10 x 1]
- 5 Pictures - 3 large + 2 smaller.
- Small supplementary information note
- Solid blocks of water colour paint.
- Internal packaging = pre-formed plastic tray with mixing wells,plus a thin card shelf that the pictures sit on.
The "5 pictures to paint" mentioned on the box lid are just thin grade paper.
3 large and 2 smaller ones.And the smaller ones are "as sold", and haven't been cut-down.
There's also a small slip of "Please Note" paper shown above.
In fact this example is all completely untouched.
And the only question mark about its originality is clearly the brush ....... unless Philmar decided to change to a bigger one after the plastic trays had been designed.Which seems unlikely,but maybe not that far-fetched considering the rest of the set is completely "as was".And,unless there's a photo of the contents in a sales brochure somewhere,I doubt we'll ever know the definitive answer.
Obviously the whole idea of painting by numbers is to make it easier for those concerned.
But I'd imagine that many actually found the experience pretty frustrating.
Because some of those numbered sections are darn small for a small child to have to fill in -especially when having to deal with the less-than-precise qualities of a watery paint.
But you can click on them below and judge for yourself. [complete with some foxing btw.]