BOYERTOWN PA – “Nellybelle,” a 1946 Willys Jeep used in The Roy Rogers Show on television, will be on display at the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, 85 S. Walnut St., through Feb. 28 (Thursday), museum curator Kendra Cook reports.
Still in excellent shape, Nellybelle often had a mind of its own on the 1950s television show. Rogers was one of the most recognizable faces in the 1950s, and second only to Disney cartoons in product licensing. Though owned by Rogers himself, Nellybelle was driven on the show by sidekick Pat Brady.
- Watch Roy Rogers and Nellybelle in “The Ranch War” (Part 1 of 3), above, or see it at the MisterStereo channel of YouTube, here.
The museum exhibit also features plenty of Roy Rogers merchandise on display, Cook said. Visitors will be able to see some of the toys and advertisements that helped make Rogers and his gang such an integral part of American popular culture.
The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; it is closed Mondays. Its mission is to preserve the transportation history of southeastern Pennsylvania with displays of more than 80 locally manufactured cars, trucks, carriages, motorcycles, sleighs, and other types of vehicles.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and AAA members, and $4 for students. Children age 5 and younger are free.
For more information, call the museum at 610-367-2090.