Sunday, November 7, 2010

Roy Rogers Memorabilia .....TV we watched as kids. I'll bet you all know the song too

The Roy Rogers Museum has closed its doors forever.
Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction...
Roy's 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500, it was estimated to sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.

His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of This Is Your Life sold for $10,000 (est. $800-$1,000)

A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and other greats) sold for $3,750

A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2,750.

Trigger's saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (est. 100-150 K)

One of many of Roy 's shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats sold for $17,500.


One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs on Trigger.)

A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.

Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000. Very unique and artistic in their western style.

A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in the world series against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1953, along with a signed baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500

Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with numerous photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby, and Pat sold for $3,750.
A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in Vietnam sold for $938.  I never knew he was there.  His flight jacket sold for $7,500.


His set of dinner ware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.  The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle sold for $116,500.


A fabulous painting of Roy, Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger, and Bullet sold for $10,625.

One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.

A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching inscription from Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.

A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the people that played in Roy's movies sold for $11,875.

Dale's horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold below the presale estimate for $25,000. (est. 30-40 K)

Bullet sold for $35,000 (est. 10-15 K). He was their real pet.

Dale's parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K, sold for $104,500.

One of many pairs of Roy's boots sold for $21,250.

Trigger sold for $266,500.


Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? Well Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.  Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500.   Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.  Trigger even out did Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever.  Despite the fact that Gene and Roy's movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today's kids would rather spend their time playing video games.  Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with the right values and morals.  These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they did teach us right from wrong, and how to have and show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.

You and I were born at the right time. We were able to grow up with these great people even if we never met them.  In their own way they taught us patriotism and honor, we learned that lying and cheating were bad, and sex wasn't as important as love.  We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and work through it.  Our lives were drug free.

So it's good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto.  Farewell to Sky King and Superman and Sgt. Friday.  Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.
A time in History, never to be seen again, but what a ride it was…….

It was a great ride through childhood.

   this post was sent to us by our Member Keith ,...thanks Keith.  Cheers !!  HF&RV


Les F said...

...........and here's a version from way back when, remember these TV shows, even TV was in relative infancy...........YIKES ,were getting really 'experienced' areen't we (how's that

..........Cheers HF&RV

Les F said...

Checkout this link if you like ,it's to a classic tv site where you can watch episodes from the 50's &60's of pretty much anything,.........
also available on the same site is old music you can listen to. Cheers !! HF&RV

Les F said...

It seemed we had a whole whack of shows to choose from ,Saturday mornings if we were'nt off to the Savoy Theatre,for an afternoon matinee,or pulling a wagon to get some coin at Steinberg's,then we could watch TV (usually Saturday mornings, Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger , Skyking,.and some weekningts you could watch some programs,although nigfhttime was generally for the adults TV time.
Imagine sharing a TV in a house with a whack of we have more TV's than kids in the house ---------and nothing but crap on the
Here's an old intro ,you will recall,...... the talking horse Mr. Ed

..............................Cheers, !! HF&RV

john allison said...

Yes,.We seemed to be born at the right time. And for me the right place...Verdun!!!!!!! What memories we have. If we did have any bad ones, hopefully they have been put in the closet, and that all the good ones, outweigh all the rest. Yes Friday night or Saturday at the 1st Presbyterian church. or maybe the LaSalle theatre, and of course the Fifth Avenue theatre and the Savoy theatre. What a great character builder we had, having to earn most of our own money to be able to go to those places. Responsibility was what most of us learned, and some of it accepted it even into adulthood. The role models of all the "good guys" doing their best to beat the "bad guys" were good lessons. I can't recall anyone coming out of one of those movies wanted to be the evil one. They all wanted to be Roy, Gene, Hoppy, or one of their sidekicks, and make the world a better place. Amen to all of it!!!!!!

Les F said...

how about the Real McCoys,...........


Les F said...

or Sky King:..brought to you by

the advertising must work because I remembered the sponsor being Nabisco (shredded wheat) ----------------HF&RV------

Les F said...

and of course old Rin-Tin-Tin (who thought up these names)


Les F said...

and the Lone Ranger,.........and a hearty hi o silver


Les F said...

Ok last one in this western type theme:

john allison said...

Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna. What a great show. "Come on home son, suppers ready!" Walter Brennan served in WW 1. He enjoyed the Pacific Northwest a lot. Took days to travel up to our beautiful section of Oregon/Washington.

Les F said...

Did you know that Walter Brennan is only equalled by Jack Nicholson for most Acadamy Awards
-Walter Brennan (July 25, 1894 – September 21, 1974) was an American actor.[1] Brennan won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor three times and is tied with Jack Nicholson for the most Academy Award wins for a male actor.

..............Seem very befitting that he was a great character actor,as he seems to have been a great Character period.

Guy Billard said...

What an entertainer, Roy was my favorite cowboy along with Dale and who can forget Gabby, what a sidekik for Roy. Who can forget Tex Ritter, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry and many others from the 40s and 50s. We saw many of their movies in the parks in Verdun including the Woodland park and of course the 4 theaters, the Palace, Park, Savoy and 5th ave. Thanks for the memories Les.

Diane Roberts said...

Les & Guy, how about the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Loved those guys!...Diane

Les F said...

Hi Diane , I posted the Lone Ranger theme song a few msgs back too, We sure had a lot of Western influence in those days, & like Winston says unbeknownst to us growing up it was a lesson in good vs. bad , with the good guys winning & trying to teach that good is always better...
I'm not sure what lesson is being taught by some of the gansta rap ,and extreme violent videos allowed today.....
here's the Lone Ranger again for you.


Les F said...

Strange they would choose the William Tell Overture, but as with most of the TV shows in the 50's they used classical music ,same as the caroons & stuff............ HF&RV
checkout this speeded up modern's different but OK too.

Diane Roberts said...

The Lone Ranger rides again!...Thanks Les