This iconic black mask was used each week to disguise a virtuous Texas Ranger (played by Clayton Moore) as he, along with his trusted friend Tonto (played by Jay Silverheels), fought crime on the frontier. "The Lone Ranger", which began as a radio show, ran as a Western television series on ABC from 1949-57. #loneranger
The Lone Ranger's Mask | National Museum of American History
On each episode of the popular radio and television series "The Lone Ranger", the title character miraculously appeared and righted injustices, leaving behind a silver bullet as his mark. This silver bullet was used as a prop by the show's leading man, Clayton Moore. #loneranger
This Lone Ranger stamp is from the "Early TV Memories" issue of 2009. Since his radio debut in 1933, this masked hero has captivated loyal fans in books, movies, comics, and -most successfully of all- television. Copyright U.S. Postal Service. #loneranger #postage
Jay Silverheels at the Indian Actors Workshop, Echo Park, California, 1969. In addition to his work in film and on television, Silverheels cofounded the workshop to promote American Indian talent in Hollywood. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Screen Actors Guild. Paul Chaat Smith, NMAI Associate Curator, discusses the portrayal of the fictional Indian character Tonto.
While the Lone Ranger may not have used a .36-caliber Paterson revolver, many real Texas Rangers did. This 1840 gun became famous for its use on the western frontier, and is sometimes called the "Texas" Paterson because of its association with the Texas Rangers.