Thursday, January 30, 2014

My paper puppets made by Sesame Workshop

      This collection of paper puppets by Seasame Workshop once belonged to a relative of mine. The characters, Bert, Ernie and Cookie Monster are in perfect condition! I do not own many old paper toys like these so I considered myself pretty fortunate to have found them in a box of discarded items.

Three-Dimensional and Fully Assembled Paper Muppets from my paper puppet collection

Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW), is a Worldwide American non-profit organization behind the production of several educational children’s programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). Sesame Workshop was instrumental in the establishment of education children’s television in the 1960s, and continues to provide grants for educational children’s programming four decades later.  Read more . . . 

Workshop’s funding is now earned through licensing
 the use of their characters to a variety of corporations
 to use for books, toys, and other products marketed
 toward children.

      As a non-profit organization, a percentage of the money from any Sesame Workshop product goes to help fund Sesame Street or its international co-productions.
My paper Cookie Monster puppet.
      Barrio Sésamo, Plaza Sésamo, Sesamstraße, Sesame English and Sesamstraat have all had merchandise of their local characters. Shalom Sesame videos and books have also been released.
In 2004, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) became Sesame Workshop’s licensing representative for The Benelux, adding to their United Kingdom representation.
      Tickle Me Elmo was one of the fastest selling toys of the 1996 season. That product line was and still is one of the most successful products Mattel has ever launched. Both it and its most notable successor, TMX, have caused in-store fights, because Elmo starred in a Christmas special that year, in which he wished every day of the year was Christmas.
      After Fisher-Price recalled a large number of Sesame Street brand toys (among multiple licenses) in 2007, Sesame Workshop announced that they would independently inspect the products of all manufacturers. It went so far as to threaten withdrawing entirely from toy licensing, if it were not satisfied with the manufacturer’s guarantees.
      Its fiction books are published on five continents, primarily by Random House in North America. Over 18 million Sesame Street books and magazines were purchased in 2005.The books often mention that children do not have to watch the show to benefit from its publications.

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