Jim and his colleague Don Sahlin collaborated to create the charming characters and setting for Jim’s “Queen of 6” counting film for Sesame Street. Sahlin’s artistry is apparent in the details of the Queen, her cats and her garden. Along with his work with Jim which included Rowlf the Dog, adapting the look of Jim’s original Kermit to the frog we know and love, and most of the original characters for Sesame Street, Sahlin made puppets for his own works and was an accomplished marionettist.
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.