Yorick Puppet from Sam and Friends

Description (Brief):

Yorick is a purple skull hand puppet with a head made from papier-mâché. Yorick eats anything and everything and has a tube in his mouth that allowed him to swallow objects. This appetite made him a precursor to other hungry monsters created by Jim Henson such as Cookie Monster. Yorick appeared regularly on Henson’s show < i>Sam and Friends. This is the original Yorick puppet created by Jim Henson in June 1954. 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. It aired from 1955 to 1961.

Date Made: 1954-06

Performer: Henson, JimMaker: Henson, Jim

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: PuppetryTelevisionTelevision broadcasts


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Jim Henson


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift from the Family of Jim Henson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2010.0144.09Accession Number: 2010.0144Catalog Number: 2010.0144.09

Object Name: puppet

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)paper (overall material)paint (overall material)Measurements: overall: 6 1/2 in x 17 in; 16.51 cm x 43.18 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-3875-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1397164

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