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National Museum of American History

Count von Count Puppet

National Museum of American History

Count von Count is a hand-rod puppet originally performed by Jerry Nelson and currently performed by Matt Vogel. The Count began as a parody of Bela Lugosi’s film portrayal of the vampire Count Dracula. He first appeared in 1972 on Season 4 of Sesame Street and continues today counting anything and everything in his friendly, vampire-like manner. In a hand-rod puppet, like Count von Count, 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.

This specific Count von Count puppet was built for the 25th Anniversary Sesame Street exhibit in Japan in 1994. The puppet was built using the same patterns and building process for performance puppets that are used on Sesame Street, but it was built for the exhibit and never actually used on Sesame Street.

Winter count

National Museum of the American Indian

Winter count

National Museum of the American Indian

Winter count

National Museum of the American Indian

Winter count

National Museum of the American Indian

Long Count

National Museum of the American Indian
Alonso Méndez, Tzeltal Maya, describes the Maya Long Count Calendar.

Count D'Orsay

National Museum of American History

Count Burkhardt

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Winter Count

National Museum of the American Indian

Count Rumford

National Portrait Gallery

Count Burkhardt

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

32c Count Basie single

National Postal Museum
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Photograph of Count Basie

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Count Basie against a light colored background. He is depicted in three quarters profile, from the chest up, with his face turned towards the viewer. He has short hair that has been smoothed back from his face, a small mustache, and is wearing a slight smile. He is wearing a tuxedo with a black bow tie. The photographer's mark is printed in the negative in the bottom right corner, [Calvert / Chicago]. There are no inscriptions on the front or back of the photograph.

Photograph of Count Basie

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Count Basie. Basie is depicted in a circular spotlight, against a dark background. The spotlight is cast over his body and creates a shadow on the wall behind. He is wearing a dark suit and holding a baton in his proper right hand. White cursive text, written in the negative, in the bottom left corner reads, [Calvert / Chicago]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the image.

Count Basie Orchestra Badge

National Museum of American History

Count Basie Orchestra Badge

National Museum of American History

The Count Basie Orchestra

National Museum of American History

American Horse winter count, 1879

National Anthropological Archives
American Horse (1840-1908) was an Oglala chief.

Ink and watercolor drawings on paper in notebook.

6 leaves of drawings, with drawings on both recto and verso. The drawings represent a count of the years from 1775 to 1878-79.

Cloud Shield winter count, 1879

National Anthropological Archives
11 leaves of drawings, with drawings on both recto and verso. The drawings represent a count of the years from 1777 to 1878. Inscription from leaf 1 recto reads: "Copy by Cloud Shield from the original in his possession."

Photographic print of Count Basie

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white close up photograph of Count Basie seated at a piano. A woman wearing a fur coat and two men wearing suits are partially visible in the background. The back of the photograph has six stickers with barcode, numbers, reproduction information, caption information and a handwritten inscription of numbers.

Count Basie, 1976

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Count Basie performing in Miami, FL. Basie is photographed from a low angle and to the right with the very edge of his piano visible in the lower right corner. Basie has his eyes closed and is smiling slightly. He wears a black suit jacket and white tie.

Count Basie Orchestra Backstage Pass

National Museum of American History

The Flame Winter Count

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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