The Lone Ranger's Mask

Clayton Moore wore this black mask as the star of The Lone Ranger (ABC, 1949–57), a Western television series about a Texas Ranger who disguises his identity to fight crime on the frontier.
Accompanied by his trusted Indian friend Tonto and packing a gun loaded with silver bullets, the Lone Ranger dispensed justice while respecting the laws of society. Week after week, he thrilled fans with his heroic adventures, virtuous conduct, and the stirring call to his white stallion: "Hi-yo Silver, away!"
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
performing artist; user
Moore, Clayton
Physical Description
felt (part material)
rubber (part material)
resin (part material)
overall: 6.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 12 cm; 2 9/16 in x 5 5/16 in x 4 3/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Lone Ranger
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dawn A. Moore
Moore, Clayton, with Frank Thompson. I Was That Masked Man
Related Publication
Treasures of American History online exhibition
Publication author
National Museum of American History
Publication URL

Visitor Comments

10/7/2014 10:31:30 PM
Charles I. Williams, Jr.
I met Clayton Moore when he was visiting my friend City of Vineland (NJ) Mayor Patrick R. Fiorilli (in the Mayor's office) sometime between 1976 and 1984 (during the Mayor's tenure.) He was just like you imagined he' be in-person, from all his TV shows, a pure red-blooded American gentleman. Amongst many other subjects discussed during that visit, Mayor Fiorilli asked in Clayton Moore wore his mask in public, and Mr. Moore replied that he is no longert allowed (legally) to wear his mask in public. I was saddened by this news, but entirely gladdened at having had the opportunity to meet him and shake his hand.
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