The Lone Ranger's Mask

Description
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!"
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
mask
Date made
1949-1957
performing artist; user
Moore, Clayton
Physical Description
felt (part material)
rubber (part material)
resin (part material)
Measurements
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
2000.0111.01
accession number
2000.0111
catalog number
2000.0111.01
subject
Lone Ranger
Actors
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Television
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
National Treasures exhibit
Popular Entertainment
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"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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