Antique Davy Crockett Toys
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier... Many times as a young boy I heard this ballad over and over and I eagerly watched Davy Crockett movies on television, not knowing that this man actually existed. Unlike many heroes that we see on television, Davy Crockett was a real man, a soldier, poitician and subsequently, an American folk hero. Born in 1786 the place of his birth as been a subject of dispute with some saying he was born in Tennessee, while others claim he was born in North Carolina. With French, Irish and English roots, Davy Crockett was named after is Grandfather who was killed by Indian in Tennessee. Sometime in the 1790's the Crockett family moved to Morristown, TN and built a tavern as a means of earning a living.
From a young age, Davy Crockett was an adventurer and education was not high on his list of priortities. He dropped out of school after a dispute with his parents and ran away from home. After spending a few years traveling from town to town in Tennessee, living off the land he became an expert outdoorsman. After a few years of travel, he returned to his family's tavern for a meal and was welcomed back into the family with open arms. Soon enough young Davy Crockett found a girl named Mary Finley and married her and they had two sons and a daughter. After his wife died, he remarried and have three more children.
Davy joined the Tennessee Militia in 1813, fought in a few battles and then became Lietenant Colonel in 1818 and then was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1827. Eventually Crockett moved to Texas where he was killed at the Alamo.
Between the time of his death until the mid 1900's, Davy Crockett was just another soldier and politician until Disney resurrected his life in a popular series of Davy Crockett movies. Originally made in black and white, they were converted to color and shown all over the world, all the way until the 1980's.
Throughout the history Disney's Davy Crockett stories, children everywhere wanted to have a toy that would express their enthusiasm for the hero. From the coonskin cap to toy rifles, Davy Crockett toys were hot. Even Davy Crockett board games, figurines, clothes, dolls and action figures were popular among little boys during the 1950's and 1960's.