The Lone Ranger's Mask

The Lone Ranger's Mask

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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)
felt; thermoplastic; rubber; steel (overall 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
Credit Line
Gift of Dawn A. Moore
subject
Lone Ranger
Actors
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Television
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Comments

Original mask is purple, see it with provenance, on Antiques Roadshow Season 23 Episode 17, which is of an AR show originally recorded 2004.
I was working in a western wear store in Mansfield Texas in the 1980’s. A man came in looking at white hats and silver belt buckles. I asked him if he needed any help and he said no he was just looking. I said let me know if I can help you. He finally let me help him with some buckles. I knew his voice. I kept thinking where have I heard that voice... I just could not remember. When he made his purchase he handed me his credit card. I looked down and said oh my God. He said what?? I said you are the Lone Ranger!! We talked. The next day he called the store. He said hello do you know who this is? I said yes. He said it’s Kimosabi and I want to buy all your silver buckles. Oh my God for a young lady born in 1950..... he was my hero!
"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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