Bert Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Bert is a hand-rod puppet originally performed by Frank Oz and currently performed by Eric Jacobson. In a hand-rod puppet, like Bert, the performer’s dominant hand goes into the puppet’s head and operates the mouth and sometimes other facial features. The less dominant hand controls the arm rods, which are thin rods connected to the puppet’s hands. Bert lives on Sesame Street with his best friend and roommate Ernie. He has a serious personality and a pet pigeon named Bernice. Bert, with Ernie, has been a part of Sesame Street since the first test pilot episodes and the premier in 1969, and this puppet is the original Bert used for those pilot episodes.
Location
Currently not on view
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Jim Henson
1969
ID Number
2013.0101.13
accession number
2013.0101
catalog number
2013.0101.13
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
performer
Oz, Frank
Jacobson, Eric
Henson, Jim
subject
Sesame Street
Children's television programs
Puppetry
Television
Television broadcasts
Physical Description
foam (overall material)
felt (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 23 1/2 in x 23 in x 9 in; 59.69 cm x 58.42 cm x 22.86 cm
National Museum of American History
Object Name
puppet