Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Roy wasn't messing around, he was Jeeping around, and that inspired him to put a Jeep on his tv show


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One of the most memorable characters on the Roy Rogers TV show that ran from 1951 through 1957 was neither Roy, Dale, Trigger, Buttermilk or even Bullet - or for that matter even made of flesh and blood. It was a TV icon manufactured from good old American steel and named Nellybelle, a 1946 Willys CJ-2A Jeep with some very innovative bodywork.

Roy Rogers chose to include a Jeep into the program because he noticed that after WWII, Jeeps were very popular, especially with children. Rogers himself owned a Jeep which he used for hunting, off road cruising and travel to and from his studio. (the above black and white photo)

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/nellybelle-5338180-details.aspx

4 comments:

  1. I think that's just an old Jeep. Nelly Bell had very distinctive body work.
    (Couldn't post a photo but maybe you can find one.)

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    1. Whoa! You're right, Roy was CHEATING ON Nelly Bell

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  2. There were scenes in some of the episodes that showed Nellybelle with a mind of her own- driving around without anyone behind the wheel. Of course there was someone behind the wheel but during filming they leaned over onto the passenger's seat and drove while looking out a little cutout that was below the windshield on the passenger's side.

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  3. Duals on the top picture..Cool! What an idea....

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