Question: I would like information about Roy Rogers and the age, maker and value of my late brother’s Roy Rogers and Trigger pocket watch purchased at a watch show many years ago. The watch has a silver case, and its dial face is a picture of Roy in colorful cowboy clothes. Behind Roy is a colored scene showing him seated on Trigger. The watch, marked “Bradley Time,” keeps regular and stopwatch time and runs perfectly. C. F., Somers Point
Answer: Born Leonard Franklin Slye, (1911-1998) American singing cowboy and actor Roy Rogers appeared in numerous films as well as radio and TV episodes from the 1930s through the 1960s. Known as the “King of Cowboys” Rogers co-starred with his singing cowgirl wife, Dale Evans, as hosts of the “Roy Rogers TV Show” from 1951 to 1957.
During their television careers, Roy and Dale’s likenesses appeared on an extensive line of licensed merchandise that included figures, jewelry and watches, mugs, toy vehicles, play sets, clocks, holster sets, lunchboxes, coloring books and paper dolls that are today’s collectibles.
Your circa 1959 Roy Rogers pocket watch with metal case and lithographed art was sold in the United States by Bradley Time, Inc., a New York distributor of novelty and children’s watches made in Europe until 1987.
This year, a working Roy Rogers and Trigger pocket watch with stopwatch feature fetched $350.
Question: Several years ago, I bought a number of old children’s books at a sale held before a Pennsylvania K-to-8 school was demolished. Recently, I was told one of the books “Animal Stories for Little People” may be valuable. The book, 5-inches wide and 7-inches long, has a colored picture on its front showing a chained fox looking at a group of geese. There are 70 black-and-white and 5 color illustrations throughout the book. The publisher is Henry Altemus Company and the author is Hartwell James. I am curious about the book and its value. T. S., Ocean View
Answer: Your 192-page book was published in 1902 by the Henry Altemus Co. located in Philadelphia from 1843 to 1936. Initially a book bindery, it was established as a book publishing firm by brothers Joseph T. Altemus and Samuel Altemus.
A special branch of the company was the Altemus Young People’s Library, developed to publish fairy tales and other young people’s stories from 1885 to 1933. During that time, more than 200 series encompassing a wide variety of titles and formats illustrated by well-known artists were produced before the business closed in 1936.
Although your book’s author is identified as Hartwell James, other Young People’s Library titles occasionally are listed as the works of “James Hartwell” and a few bear the name of “Henry Altemus.”
Recently, an early 20th-century copy of “Animal Stories for Little People” complete and in very good condition sold for $40.