“Paint Your Own Pre-Numbered Portraits Of Elvis Presley” (1957)
By Ger Rijff
For those who wanted to be the next Rembrandt, a “Paint Your Own Pre-Numbered Portraits Of Elvis Presley”-kit hit the stores in 1957. In the US only though. This box, containing 2 different line illustrations (connected by numbers), a brush, different colors of oil paint, and whatever else was needed to paint your own Elvis portraits, is one of the rarest collectors items around.
A sample of a kid’s hard work, from way back when, is pictured to the right. It’s a heartwarming attempt to make it come out like the original picture.
And from the company’s brochure (apologies for the low quality) we can see that actually two different ‘Paint Elvis’ kits were available: series 1 and series 2. No luck in finding the other original box, but I’ll keep trying. It would make my day for sure!