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1948 Roy Rogers and Me

1948 Roy Rogers and Me

At 4 years old, in 1948, I was fascinated with Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Trigger and anything to do with the "Double R Bar Ranch". My Mother bought me the outfit after taking a summer trip to the Post Cereal Plant in Kalamazoo Michigan. Many Post cereal boxes were purchased after that to obtain the buttons that were free inside, including a membership to the Roy Rogers Rider Club (after a mail-in), which I have proudly kept for all these years, and right next to my picture. View full size.

You may have a gal in Kalamazoo

but the Post Cereal plant would have been (and still is) in Battle Creek, Michigan. Kalamazoo is a neighboring city about a half an hour west along I-94. Battle Creek is "The Cereal City" - with Kellogg's and Post's and, at one time, many others producing breakfast cereals of one kind or another.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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