Monday, July 25, 2022

The World of Jim Henson

 I went to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco has the the coolest exhibit going on. It is about the great puppeteer Jim Henson. Henson is famous for the creating the Muppets but he was so much more than that. 

First some of his early work:

A cartoon he created in high school.

An add for Sam and Friends which ran in Washington D.C. from 1955-1961 and was the forerunner to the Muppets

And some of his ad work:

Billy and Sue puppets (1962)

Beautiful Day Puppet (1966)

Design for Rowlf the Dog who became famous on the Muppet Show but debuted on the Jimmy Dean Show in 1963

And his Sesame Street Work:

Design sketches for Bert and Erine

And the Muppet Show:

Ms. Piggy Concept Sketches

And other work he did:

Aughra- Dark Crystal

Costumes from Labyrinth

Jim Henson was a genius and made the world a better place and I was in the first generation of Sesame Street babies. I am so proud of that.

Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Nelson puppets

Jim Henson's alter ego:


  1. Oh wow!! I hope that comes to NY!

  2. This is so cool! Those Labyrinth costumes!!!! I would love to see those!

  3. So awesome to see his characters up close. My kids loved those characters.

  4. Thanks for reviving my childhood in the UK, Patrick. The Muppet show was a personal favourite and I loved Ms Piggy and the way she flipped her hair back.

  5. Good post such memories and made me smile :-)

    Have a muppetstastic week Patrick 👍

  6. What a special exhibition. All the puppets are so nice and funny.
    It's interesting also to see the basic design.
    Thank you and Happy WW!

  7. Oh wow, I have to check out that exhibit (I'm a CJM member but haven't had a chance to drop in yet for this one.)

    Hope you have a great week!

  8. I saw a few of your photos on social media, but seeing the entire post was even better. I learned a lot too! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

  9. How fun and he was a genius. I would have loved to visit this exhibition.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Patrick. ☺

  10. I saw a comment here about someone wanting the exhibit to come to NY. It is already there at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. We went a couple of years ago and loved it! It was supposed to be a temporary exhibit but made it was made a permanent feature. If you like, you can read about it here -

  11. Oh, how fun and interesting!! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 78. Pinned.

  12. Love it, Kermit the Frog the best!

  13. What a wonderful exhibition. Thank you for sharing this with us at #weekendcoffeeshare.

  14. I nearly went to this, but wasn't sure what to expect. I so wish it goes on tour and comes to the UK.

  15. Jim Henson left behind so many gifts for all of us!
    Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 26.

  16. So of my HS classmates was his neice


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