The Original Kermit Puppet is being exhibited in Washington

The Original Kermit Puppet is being exhibited in Washington

The Frog puppet was created by Jim Henson in 1955 for Sam and Friends. It is the first Kermit puppet, and it is made from Jim Henson’s mother’s old spring coat and a pair of Jim’s blue jeans. Henson used ping pong balls for the eyes. Kermit started as a lizard-like character and evolved into a frog over time.

Sam and Friends was a five-minute show that aired on the local NBC affiliate station in Washington, D.C., WRC-TV. It featured a cast of hand puppets created by Jim Henson and his eventual wife Jane Nebel that often lip-synched to popular songs or comedy records.

Puppet created by Jim Henson for “Sam and Friends” / Image: americanhistory.si.edu

Featured Image: Harry the Hipster, left, and the original Kermit / Image: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Website: americanhistory.si.edu


 


 

 

 

 

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