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Puppet, Kermit the Frog, c. 1974

Historical note
Kermit, originally a light bluish-green abstract creature, was among the puppets Henson made for Sam and Friends, his first television show, in 1955. By the mid-1960s, the 
Kermit puppet had its trademark characteristics: a bright green color, fringed collar, and webbed feet.

The puppet’s simple construction allowed Henson 
to create the wide range of subtle facial expressions that make Kermit such a believable character. 
“Kermit is the closest to me,” Henson said. “The character is literally my hand.”

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Artist(s) / maker(s)
Designed by Jim Henson, built by Caroly Wilcox from patterns developed by Don Sahlin.

The first Kermit puppet was built by Jim Henson in 1955.

Fleece fabric, felt, plastic, rubber, and self-adhesive vinyl

Donor credit
A gift from the family of Jim Henson

Not currently on view

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