Sam Puppet from Sam and Friends

Sam Puppet from Sam and Friends

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Description (Brief)
Sam is a hand puppet and the title character of Sam and Friends. This is the original Sam puppet that was created by Jim Henson in October 1954. Sam has a papier-mâché head which makes him more rigid than most of the other puppets created by Jim Henson. He never spoke, but he would lip-sync to popular music and comedy records from the 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. It aired from 1955 to 1961.
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Henson, Jim
Henson, Jim
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Gift of the Family of Jim Henson
Television broadcasts
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Jim Henson
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National Museum of American History
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