While directing Labyrinth in London, Jim used his weekends to attend to other business, traveling to New York for meetings on various projects like Little Muppet Monsters or to record a script for The Muppet Show Live tour. Returning on an overnight flight, he was back in the studio Monday mornings. Some weekends involved a more relaxed get-away, ballooning in France or visiting friends in the English countryside. A trip to Paris included shopping for decorations for his new Manhattan apartment in the Sherry Netherland Hotel. He sought out animal-themed items, including several antiquities, and purchased a snake-stemmed torchiere lamp by the Art Deco master, Edgar Brandt. He placed it in the apartment before an intricate elevator door also designed by Brandt.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.