Antique Roy Rogers Toys
Roy Rogers was a cowboy actor and singer that was featured in movies and had his own television show in the 1950's called The Roy Rogers Show. Although known as Roy Rogers for most of his life, his real name was Leonard Slye. When he was just 18 years old he headed to California to make his mark in the country music field and he eventually formed a successful group called Sons of the Pioneers. This proved to be a successful venture for Roy and the rest of the group as they had two big hits, Cool Water and Tumbling Tumbleweeds.
After his success in music he was offered roles in western movies competing against the likes of Gene Autry and John Wayne. After many successful movies his personal life suffered tragedy when his wife died in 1946. Prior to her death, Roy had met a fellow actress by the name of Dale Evans and in 1947 Roy and Dale were married. Between the two of them they starred in more movies and TV programs than I can mention here.
Of course when Roy became a successful western movie star and cowboy, little boys everywhere wanted to have a toys that featured this iconic cowboy. Many varieties of toys emerged on the market as well as everyday items that featured Roy Rogers. Lunch boxes, clothes, puzzles and board games all became very popular as well as books and wind up toys. Perhaps the most popular of the Roy Rogers toys was a Roy Rogers cap gun. These cap guns allowed little boys to dress up just like the cowboys that they saw on TV, complete with a cap gun and holster.