Antique Lone Ranger Toys
The Lone Ranger and his trusty sidekick Tonto were first introduced to audiences in 1933 when their radio show aired on WXYZ radio in Detroit, Michigan. Audiences were soon captivated by this harrowing tale of a masked man on a white horse, aided by a Native American named Tonto. Several actors played the role of the Lone Ranger when it was a radio series and then went on to several movies and a successful television series.
The Lone Ranger television series aired from 1949 to 1957 with Clayton Moore and John Hart playing the role of the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels playing the role of Tonto. The standard practice for the show at that time featured 78 weeks of consecutive new television shows, followed by playing the same 78 shows over again as re-runs before producing new shows again, which is much different than the way television programs are produced today. This hectic schedule made Clayton Moore ask for more money and better treatment, only to be replaced by John Hart. When the series was sold, Clayton Moore returned as the star of the show.
The popularity of the show saw many different toys and other novelties created depicting the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Of the more popular toys, Lone Ranger action figures, masks, cap guns, jackknives and lunch boxes top the list. During the Lone Ranger's time on radio, many premiums or souvenirs were offered for sale to the enthusiastic audience. Some of the premiums offered during the Lone Ranger radio series include a Lone Ranger Six-Shooter Ring, Deputy Badge and a Kix Blackout Kit and the Kix Atomic Bomb Ring.