Authored by Ann Robl, October 2, 2015 at 6:50 am

PBS recently aired a terrific documentary on the life and career of Jim Henson. But did you know that Jim Henson and his future wife Jane Nebel filed for design patents in 1958 for their design of the puppets “Wilkins” and “Wontkins” used in coffee commercials – early precursors of what became the Muppets? If you’ve never seen Wilkins or Wontkins in action, check out this clip of some of the commercials.