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Grover Puppet

Grover Puppet

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This original Grover hand-rod puppet was built in 1967 as one of several monsters used by Jim Henson and other performers on television variety shows and was first seen on a Christmas Eve episode of The Ed Sullivan Show. This puppet appeared throughout the first season of Sesame Street as a generic monster and was named Grover by the end of the season. The character of Grover was rebuilt for season 2 and was then covered in his now signature bright blue fur. This darker, green-furred puppet was later used as Grover’s mother in a skit about Grover having trouble sleeping because he is afraid of the dark. In later appearances Grover’s mother has bright blue fur similar to Grover.

The character of Grover is a loveable, furry monster who has many different roles and professions. He loves to help people but generally is not very good at it. He was originally performed by Frank Oz and is currently performed by Eric Jacobson. Grover is a hand-rod puppet which means that the performer’s dominant hand goes into the puppet’s head and operates the mouth and sometimes other facial features. The less dominant hand controls the arm rods, which are thin rods connected to the puppet’s hands.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
puppet
date made
1967
performer
Oz, Frank
Jacobson, Eric
maker
Henson, Jim
place made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
synthetic fibers (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
foam (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 11 in x 7 in; 58.42 cm x 27.94 cm x 17.78 cm
ID Number
2013.0101.05
accession number
2013.0101
catalog number
2013.0101.05
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
subject
Children's television programs
Sesame Street
Television
Puppetry
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Jim Henson
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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