BY DR. STEVE ARLIN
OVER FIFTY YEARS ago our movie and television screens were overpowered with a myriad of shows featuring characters from the Old West. There were favorite cowboys, Indians, gunfighters and outlaws riding their horses right there in front of our eyes. Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Rawhide, Bonanza and so many other great shows provided hours of prime time television entertainment.
So many memories of these times gone by! And so many wonderful cowboy characters who were role models for all us buckeroos. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hoppy and the Lone Ranger! The big four. They taught our children that good won over evil; that the bad guys got punished; and that it was important to follow the Golden Rule.
And from these shows came the production of the cowboy memorabilia and western toys. Naturally this led to the thousands of cap guns and holster sets that were so popular among the kids of that 50s era. The toys that have survived those times are now highly collectible and can get quite expensive. It has become a mission for hundreds of baby boomer collectors as well as younger ones to find and acquire these wonderful old toys. Collector shows, antique dealers, and auctions exhibit and sell the toys and have realized very high prices for them.