During the early 1970's to 1984, the Sesame Street cast just used an extra red puppet without really any personality. It wasn't until 1984 when Kevin Clash made Elmo and gave Elmo energy and personality.Of course, if you've seen the movie Being Elmo, you'll know that Kevin Clash brought the puppet to life after a few failed attempts by other puppeteers to bring him to life. So Elmo was born in 1984 (even though I am pretty sure that just this year he celebrated his 3rd birthday on the show! hehe)
I'm quite happy with my finds today. It isn't every day that one finds this many Little Golden Books in one place in such good condition, so this is a success!
Enjoy your day and your latest book!