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Chicken Liver Puppet from Sam and Friends

Chicken Liver Puppet from Sam and Friends

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Description (Brief)
Chicken Liver (also known as Theodore) is a puppet with a big head and a long nose from Sam and Friends. This is the original Chicken Liver puppet created by Jim and Jane Henson in 1959. 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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Henson, Jim
Henson, Jane
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
leather (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 25 in x 9 in x 9 in; 63.5 cm x 22.86 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift from the Family of Jim Henson
Television broadcasts
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Jim Henson
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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