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*Sam* (From *Jim Henson - The Works*) Donated by Jack Maier
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Opening Animation Sequence (from the 1994  PBS Great Performances production The World of Jim Henson, Directed by Judy Kinburg, and donated by Jack Maier.)
Show Opening Animation Sequence
(Donated by Jack Maier)
All images courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy & the Henson Family, TM & 2008 The Jim Henson Company
All Muppets, photos, and likenesses 2008 The Jim Henson Company.
Muppet, Muppets, characters & elements TM The Jim Henson Company.
Jane and Jim (Donated by Jack Maier)
(TV Still Photos Donated by Jack Maier)

Broadcast live from WRC-TV studios,
originally at the Wardman Park Hotel,
(After 5/58, at 4001 Nebraska Avenue, N.W.. )
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Young Jim Henson (from the 1994  PBS Great Performances production The World of Jim Henson, Directed by Judy Kinburg, and donated by Jack Maier.)
According to Karen Falk, Archivist for The Jim Henson Company, "Jim Henson
made his first puppets in the spring of 1954, his senior year at (Hyattsville's
Northwestern) High School as part of a school puppet club.  He performed
them briefly on WTOP-TV 9 for 'The Junior Morning Show' that summer.

Among those puppets were 'Pierre', a Frenchman based on a cartoon
 character
that Jim created for a high school publication...

Pierre Comic Strip by Jim Henson from Northwestern High School, c.1954

... (T)he group who appeared on 'Sam and Friends' (were):
Kermit, Sam, Harry the Hipster, Yorick, Mushmelon, Icky Gunk,
Moldy Hay, Chicken Liver, Hank and Frank, the Professor, and Pierre."

Jim and Jane with Sam and Friends (From *Jim Henson - The Works*) Donated by Jack Maier
Jim and Jane on the "Sam" set.
(From "Jim Henson - The Works")
(Donated by Jack Maier)
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-Bernie Harrison's "On The Air" column (Sunday Star TV Magazine, 2/23/69), stated that Jim Henson's first TV job was on Roy Meachum's WTOP-TV Saturday
show in 1954. "The Junior Morning Show", a spin-off of Meachum's weekday
"The Morning Show", lasted only three weeks. But when that show was dropped, Meachum reportedly telephoned WRC-TV Program Director Jim Kovacs to suggest that he find a place for the talented lad at that station. Kovacs complied.
Jim and Jane with Wilkins (Donated by Jack Maier)
(Donated by Jack Maier)
All images courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy & the Henson Family, TM & 2008 The Jim Henson Company
All Muppets, photos, and likenesses 2008 The Jim Henson Company.
Muppet, Muppets, characters & elements TM The Jim Henson Company.
Jim with Kermit (from the 1994  PBS Great Performances production The World of Jim Henson, Directed by Judy Kinburg, and donated by Jack Maier.)
Jim Henson with Kermit
(Donated by Jack Maier)
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Sources: Trisha Katson's "Whatever Happened To Those Kiddie Show Hosts?" 1977, George Mason Univ. Phoebe Magazine, (provided by John Ahmad & Jack Maier). Some photos from Sunday Star TV Magazine & Wilkins Coffee items from 1989 ad campaign, donated by Jack Maier. Other photos from "Jim Henson: The Works:The Art, the Magic, the Imagination" by Christopher Finch, Charles S. Finch, October 1993, Random House; "What is a Muppet?" TV Guide, 7/27 -8/2/63;  1994  PBS Great Performances program "The World of Jim Henson". Directed by Judy Kinburg; & donated by Jack Maier. and from the web site "Jim Henson at University of Maryland". 45 RPM Phono record labels provided by Warrick.
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