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Great Original re-issue Photograph of country legend,

ROY ROGERS

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It features the popular actor in western chaps cowboy hat . Nice for the ROY ROGERS Fan or to decorate a Western theme room.

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MORE INFO ON ROY ROGERS: Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye) (November 5, 1911 "€" July 6, 1998), was a singer andcowboyactor, as well as the namesake of the well-knownRoy Rogers Restaurantschain. He and his second wifeDale Evans, his goldenpalominoTrigger, and hisGerman Shepherd Dog, Bullet, were featured in over one hundred movies andThe Roy Rogers Show. The show ran on radio for nine years before moving to television from 1951 through 1957. His productions usually featured asidekick, often eitherPat Brady, (who drove a jeep called "Nellybelle") or the crotchetyGabby Hayes. Roy's nickname was "King of the Cowboys". Dale's nickname was "Queen of the West." For many Americans (and non-Americans), he was the embodiment of a cowboy.

The baby who would become famous as Roy Rogers was born to Andrew ("Andy") and Mattie (Womack) Slye inCincinnati, Ohio, where his family lived in a tenement building on 2nd Street. (Riverfront Stadiumwas constructed at this location in 1970 and Rogers would later joke that he had been born at second base.) Dissatisfied with his job and city life, Andy Slye and his brother Will built a 12-by-50-foot houseboat from salvage lumber, and, in July 1912, the Slye family floated on theOhio RivertowardsPortsmouth, Ohio. Desiring a more stable existence in Portsmouth, the Slyes purchased land on which to build a home, but the flood of 1913 allowed them to move the houseboat to their property and continue living in it on dry land.

In 1919 the Slyes purchased a farm about 12 miles north of Portsmouth, at Duck Run, nearLucasville, Ohio. They there built a six-room home. Leonard's father soon realized that the farm alone would provide insufficient income for his family and he took a job at a shoe factory in Portsmouth, living there during the week and returning home on the weekends, bearing gifts for the family following paydays, one of which was a horse on which Leonard learned the basics of horsemanship.

After completing the 8th Grade, Leonard Slye attended high school atMcDermott, Ohio. When he was 17 his family returned toCincinnati, where his father began work at a shoe factory. He soon decided on the necessity to help his family financially, so he quit high school, joined his father at the shoe factory, and began attending night school. After being ridiculed for falling asleep in class, however, he quit school and never returned.

Leonard and his father felt imprisoned by their factory jobs. In 1929, his older sister Mary was living atLawndale, Californiawith her husband. Father and son decided to quit their shoe factory jobs. The family packed their 1923 Dodge for a visit with Mary and stayed four months before returning toOhio. Almost immediately, Leonard had the opportunity to travel to California with Mary's father-in-law, and the rest of the family followed in the spring of 1930.

The Slyes rented a small house near Mary. Leonard and his father immediately found employment as truck drivers for a highway construction project. They reported to work one morning, however, to learn their employer had gone bankrupt. The economic hardship of theGreat Depressionhad followed them west, and the Slyes soon found themselves among the economic refugees traveling from job to job picking fruit and living in worker campsites. (He would later readJohn Steinbeck'sThe Grapes of Wrathand marvel at its accuracy.) One day Andy Slye heard of a shoe factory hiring inLos Angelesand asked Leonard to join him in applying there for work. Leonard, having seen the joy that his guitar and singing had brought to the destitute around the campfires, hesitantly told his father that he was going to pursue a living in music. With his father's blessing, he and cousin Stanley Slye went toLos Angelesand sought musical engagements as The Slye Brothers.

Leonard married in 1936 to Grace Arline Wilkins. In 1941 the couple adopted a girl, Cheryl Darlene. In 1942, they legally changed their names to Roy and Grace Arline Rogers. The following year, Arline bore a daughter, Linda Lou. A son, Roy Jr. ("Dusty"), followed in 1946, but Arline died of complications from the birth a few days afterward.

Publicity photo ofGabby Hayesand Roy Rogers from the early 1940s. Hayes also had his own children's television program,The Gabby Hayes Show.

Leonard Slye moved to California to become a singer. After four years of little success, he formedSons of the Pioneers, awestern cowboy musicgroup, in 1934. The group hit it big with songs like "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds".

From his first film appearance in 1935, he worked steadily inwesternfilms, including a large supporting role as a singing cowboy while still billed as "Leonard Slye" in aGene Autrymovie. In 1938 when Autry temporarily walked out on his movie contract, Slye was immediately rechristened "Roy Rogers" and assigned the lead in Under Western Stars. Rogers became a matinee idol and American legend. A competitor for Gene Autry as the nation's favoritesinging cowboywas suddenly born. In addition to his own movies, Rogers played a supporting role in theJohn WayneclassicDark Command(1940). Rogers became a major box office attraction, and future wifeDale Evanswas cast in a movie with him in 1945. Roy's wife, Arline, died the following year.

Roy and Dale fell in love, and Roy proposed to her during a rodeo atChicago Stadium. They married on New Year's Eve in 1947 at the Flying L Ranch inDavis,Oklahoma, where a few months earlier they had filmedHome In Oklahoma. Roy and Dale remained married until Roy's death in 1998.

Rogers was an idol for many children through his films and television shows. Most of his postwar films were inTrucolorin an era when almost all otherB-movieswere black-and-white. Some of his movies would segue into animal adventures, in which Roy's horse Trigger would go off on his own for a while, with the camera following him.

With money from not only Rogers' films but his own public appearances going to Republic Pictures, Rogers brought a clause into a 1940 contract with the studio where he would have the right to his likeness, voice and name for merchandising. There were Roy Rogersaction figures, cowboy adventure novels, a comic strip,playsets, a long-livedDell Comicscomic book series ( Roy Rogers Comics) written byGaylord Du Bois, and a variety of marketing successes. Roy Rogers was only second to Walt Disney in the amount of items featuring his name.

The Sons of the Pioneers continued their popularity through the 1950s. Although Rogers was no longer a member, they often appeared as Rogers' backup group in films, radio, and television.

In August 1950, Dale and Roy had a daughter, Robin Elizabeth, who died of complications ofDown Syndromeshortly before her second birthday. Evans wrote about losing their daughter in her book Angel Unaware.

Rogers and Evans were also well known as advocates foradoptionand as founders and operators of children's charities. They adopted several children. Both were outspokenChristians. In Apple Valley, California, where they made their home, numerous streets and highways as well as civic buildings have been named after them in recognition of their efforts on behalf of homeless and handicapped children. Roy was an activeFreemasonand aShriner, and was noted for his support of their charities.

Roy and Dale's famous theme song, which Dale wrote and they sang as a duet to sign off their television show, was "Happy trails to you, Until we meet again ... "

In the fall of 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program,The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show,aired onABC. It was cancelled after three months, losing in the ratings toThe Jackie Gleason ShowonCBS.

Rogers also owned a Hollywood production company which handled his own series. It also filmed other undertakings, including the 1955-1956 CBS western seriesBrave EaglestarringKeith Larsenas a young peacefulCheyennechief,Kim Winonaas Morning Star, his romantic interest, and theHopiIndianAnthony Numkenaas Keena, Brave Eagle's foster son, Keena.

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Roy Rogers has a star on theHollywood Walk of Fameat 1752 Vine Street, a second star at 1733 Vine Street for his contribution to radio, and a third star at 1620 Vine Street for his contribution to the television industry.

Roy and Dale were inducted into theWestern Performers Hall of Fameat theNational Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseuminOklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1976 and Roy was inducted again as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers in 1995. Roy was also twice elected to theCountry Music Hall of Fame, first as a member of The Sons of the Pioneers in 1980 and as a soloist in 1988.

Rogers also owned aThoroughbredracehorsenamedTriggairowho won 13 career races including the 1975El Encino StakesatSanta Anita Park.

Rogers died ofcongestive heart failureon July 6, 1998. Rogers was residing in Apple Valley, Californiaat the time of his death. Rogers was buried at Sunset Hills cemetery in Apple Valley.

MORE INFO ON DALE EVANS: Dale Evans was thestage nameof Lucille Wood Smith (October 31,1912"€"February 7,2001), a writer, movie star, andsinger-songwriter. She was the second wife ofsinging cowboyRoy Rogers

Born Lucille Wood Smith inUvalde,Texas, her name was changed in infancy to Frances Octavia Smith. She had a tumultuous early life, eloping at the age of 14 with her first husband, Thomas F. Fox. She bore one son, Thomas F. Fox, Jr. when she was 15. Divorced in 1929 at 17, she married August Wayne Johns that same year, a union that lasted until their divorce in 1935. She took the name Dale Evans in the early 1930s to promote her singingcareer. She then married her accompanist and arranger Robert Dale Butts in 1937. In 1947 she marriedRoy Rogers. The marriage was his second, and her fourth. Together they had two children and were happily married for 51 years.

After beginning her career singing at the radio station where she was employed as a secretary, Evans had a productive career as ajazz,swing, andbig bandsinger that led to a screen test and contract with20th Century Foxstudios. She gained exposure on radio as the featured singer for a time on theEdgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthyshow.

During her time at20th Century Fox, the studio promoted her as the unmarried supporter of her teenage "brother" Tommy (actually her son Tom Fox, Jr.). This deception continued through her divorce from Butts in 1946, and her development as a cowgirl co-star toRoy RogersatRepublic Studios.

Evans married Roy Rogers at the Flying L Ranch inDavis, Oklahoma, onNew Year's Eve1947. Rogers ended the deception regarding Tommy. Rogers and Evans were a team on- and off-screen from 1946 until Rogers' death in 1998. Together they had one child, Robin Elizabeth, who died of complications ofDown's Syndromeshortly before her second birthday. Her life inspired Evans to write her bestseller Angel Unaware. Evans was very influential in changing public perceptions of children born with developmental disabilities and served as a role model for many parents. After she wrote Angel Unaware, a group then known as the "€śOklahoma County Council for Mentally Retarded Children"€ adopted its better-known nameDale Rogers Training Centerin her honor. Evans went on to write a number of religious and inspirational books.

From 1951 to 1957, Dale Evans and her husband starred in the highly successful television seriesThe Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy/cowgirl roles, with her riding her trustybuckskinhorse,Buttermilk. In addition to her successful TV shows, more than thirty films and some two hundred songs, Evans wrote the well-known song "Happy Trails." In later episodes of the TV show she was outspoken in her Christianity, telling people thatGodwould assist them with their troubles and imploring adults and children to turn to Him for help.

In the fall of 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program,The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, which aired onABC. It was cancelled after three months, losing in the ratings to the first season ofThe Jackie Gleason Show, another comedy-variety program, onCBS.

In the 1970s, Evans recorded several solo albums of religious music. During the 1980s, the couple introduced their films weekly on the formerThe Nashville Network. In the 1990s, Dale hosted her own religious television program.

Evans died ofcongestive heart failure, two and a half years after the death of her husband Roy.

For her contribution to radio, Dale Evans has a star on theHollywood Walk of Fameat 6638 Hollywood Blvd. She received a second star at 1737 Vine St. for her contribution to the television industry. In 1976, she was inducted into theWestern Performers Hall of Fameat theNational Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseuminOklahoma City,Oklahoma. She ranked #34 onCMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Musicin 2002.

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ROY ROGERS Western COWBOY ReIssue PHOTO Trigger
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