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*Sam* (From *Jim Henson - The Works*) Donated by Jack Maier
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Wilkins & Wontkins Pitch Wilkins Coffee (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.

Started in 1957, snappy 10-second ads for Wilkins Coffee featured Muppets with opposing temperaments... cheerful "Wilkins" (l.) and sourpuss "Wontkins" (r.).

Wilkins Coffee Christmas Spot - Donated by Jack Maier
Wilkins is Santa in the "Merry Christmas" spot. 
(Donated by Jack Maier)
Plastic Coffee Lid featuring Muppets Wilkins and Wontkins (c.1989)
"Wontkins" reportedly got his bad attitude from
drinking a competitor's bitter brew.
Wilkins Coffee - Wilkins and Wontkins Hand Muppets Tin Top (c.1958)
Wilkins Gives Wontkins His *Brand X* - 1963 TV Guide Photo (Donated by Jack Maier)
Wilkins asks: "How 'bout a cup of Wilkins Coffee?"
Wontkins replies: "No!  Let me have 'Brand X'."
(1963 TV Guide Photo) (Donated by Jack Maier.)
Hear The Actual Wilkins Coffee Spots
"Brand X" and "Merry Christmas" at Kidshow Klips.
Wilkins Coffee Tin (From the '60s)(Donated by Jack Maier)
People Magazine, June 18, 1990

Jim Henson died May 16, 1990 at age 53 of streptococcus
pneumonia and a heart attack in New York, NY.

Nov '90 TV Guide Cover - After Jim Henson's Death
"TV Guide" Cover -  November 17-23, 1990

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 Henson Autographed Photo
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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