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20 Rare Behind-The-Scenes Pictures From The Early Years Of "Sesame Street"

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, here's a look back at the magic behind the cameras of the beloved children's television program.

Posted on November 10, 2019, at 9:04 a.m. ET

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Cast members and puppeteers prepare for a taping of Sesame Street in 1969.

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Puppeteer Jim Henson holds Bert and amuses a baby during rehearsal for an episode of Sesame Street in 1970.

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Left: Kermit the Frog during rehearsals in 1970. Right: Puppeteers Frank Oz (left) and Jim Henson (right) rehearse in 1970.

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A television camera and lights focus on Grover, 1970.

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Puppeteers Jim Henson (left) and Caroly Wilcox (right) rehearse in 1970.

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Left: Puppeteer Caroll Spinney with Oscar the Grouch during rehearsals in 1970. Oscar was orange in the first season. Right: Muppet Professor Hastings being filmed in 1970.

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From left: Puppeteers Daniel Seagren and Jim Henson with the Ernie puppet and Frank Oz with Bert rehearse on set, 1970.

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Actor and singer Bob McGrath rehearses for an episode of Sesame Street, 1970.

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Puppeteer Caroll Spinney has an adjustment made in his Big Bird costume during rehearsal, 1970.

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Right: Puppeteers Daniel Seagren (left) holding Roosevelt Franklin, Jim Henson (center) holding Grandmother Happy, and Frank Oz (obscured by camera) holding Betty Lou during a taping of a Sesame Street episode, 1970. Right: Actor Loretta Long with Big Bird on set, 1970.

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Big Bird and actor Loretta Long during the filming of an episode of Sesame Street in 1970.

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From left: Research director Edward Palmer, executive producer David Connell, and executive director and producer Joan Ganz Cooney review material for Sesame Street at the PBS station in New York City, 1969.

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Children watch an episode of Sesame Street at the Margery Reed Mayo daycare center in Denver, 1969.

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Puppeteer Jim Henson holds Kermit the Frog and entertains children during rehearsals, 1970.

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Jim Henson holds Kermit and amuses children during rehearsal, 1970.

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Ernie, Bert, and other Muppets backstage during rehearsals, 1970.

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