Ernie Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Ernie is a live-hand puppet originally performed by Jim Henson and currently performed by Peter Linz. In a live-hand puppet, like Ernie, one of the performer’s hands is in the puppet’s head while the other is in one of the puppet’s arms, which has gloves for hands. Another puppeteer is usually needed to operate the other arm, which is known as right-handing.
Ernie lives on Sesame Street with his best friend and roommate Bert. He enjoys taking bubble baths with his rubber duck, and singing the song “Rubber Duckie” about his beloved bath toy. It was released as a single and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 26, 1970. Ernie, with Bert, has been a part of Sesame Street since the first test pilot episodes and the premier in 1969, and this puppet is the original Ernie puppet used for those pilot episodes.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1969
performer
Henson, Jim
Linz, Peter
maker
Henson, Jim
Physical Description
foam (overall material)
felt (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 22 in x 19 in x 14 in; 55.88 cm x 48.26 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
2013.0101.14
accession number
2013.0101
catalog number
2013.0101.14
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
subject
Sesame Street
Puppetry
Children's television programs
Television broadcasts
Television
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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