The Lone Ranger is a fictional masked former Texas Ranger who fought outlaws in the American Old West with his Native American friend, Tonto. The character has been called an enduring icon of American culture.
He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ (Detroit) radio station. The character was originally believed to be inspired by Texas Ranger Captain John R. Hughes, to whom the book The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey was dedicated in 1915.
In 1957, all it took to get these life size Lone Ranger posters was a stamp, a cereal box top, and a little patience (which as a kid was the hardest part). If there’s one thing that’s truly remarkable about these posters, it’s that they’re in relatively good condition. There are a few holes in the top of the poster that show that at some point it was hung on the wall. In addition, it is starting to tear at some points in the fold lines. The posters were folded to fit in the envelopes that were used to send them out to the children that sent in the box tops.
We know that paper and kids is usually not a winning combo when it comes to preservation. So whoever took the time to keep these posters in shape deserves some praise!
See how much they’re worth in the following clip from Antiques Roadshow.
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