Magnifying Glass used by Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock

Magnifying Glass used by Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock

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This magnifying glass was used with the puppet Travelling Matt from the HBO series Fraggle Rock. In the first episode of Fraggle Rock, Travelling Matt goes through a hole into the human world and what he considers “Outer Space.” Reminiscent of a 19th century anthropologist, Travelling Matt observes common objects in “Outer Space” and makes mostly wrong observations about how the human world works. He shares these observations in postcards that he sends back to his nephew Gobo in Fraggle Rock.

Fraggle Rock is a children’s television program created by Jim Henson that aired for five seasons on HBO from 1983 to 1987. Henson created the Fraggle world as one where different types of creatures lived together in a world where they were interconnected and important to one another. From the beginning, the show was designed to be easily adaptable to different cultures, which generally led to each country having its own human character, such as Doc in the American version, with the same Fraggle scenes dubbed in local languages.

Currently not on view
Object Name
magnifying glass
Associated Name
Henson, Jim
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 7/16 in x 2 1/2 in x 3/8 in; 13.81125 cm x 6.35 cm x.9525 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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