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

the Jeep in the photo above was "Jezebel" - Roy's green Jeep. His daughter Cheryl had to drive it to high school and hated it...until she found out that the boys thought it was cool.

She later bought "Gertrude the Gutless Wonder" a mint green 1950 Chevy with a 3-speed manual

Roy may have gotten the name from the book "Jezebel The Jeep" by Fairfax Downey. It appeared in shortened pulp form in January 1944:

Thanks to Steve for identifying that Jeep!

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)


  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.)

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

  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.

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