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Original Muppets donated to museum

Published 25/08/2010 | 11:48

An early Kermit the Frog puppet by Muppets creator Jim Henson sits on display at Arkansas Arts Center
An early Kermit the Frog puppet by Muppets creator Jim Henson sits on display at Arkansas Arts Center

The original Kermit the Frog from Jim Henson's Muppets collection is going home to Washington where the characters were created in the 1950s.

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Henson's widow Jane Henson has donated 10 characters from the early TV show Sam & Friends to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

The museum has a similar Kermit the Frog puppet, made famous on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, but the original Kermit looked more like a lizard. He was made with ping pong-ball eyes and green felt from a coat thrown out by Henson's mother.

Precursors to Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, as well as Sam from Sam and Friends, who would lip-sync to popular music, are among the other early Muppets being given to the museum.

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