The Autry Announces The Lone Ranger Costume Loan From the Walt Disney Archives, a Significant Addition to Its Display of Western Film Artifacts and Memorabilia
Left to right: Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid in The Lone Ranger™ (2013). ©Disney 2013. ©Classic Media. Photo credit: Peter Mountain
(Los Angeles, October 24, 2013)—The Autry National Center of the American West contributes to the retelling of a great Western legend for a new audience with a Walt Disney Archives loan of costumes worn by actors Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in the movie The Lone Ranger (2013). The elaborate costumes—including the signature crow headdress Depp wore as Tonto—will go on display for the first time during the Autry’s 25th anniversary weekend, November 23–24, 2013.
“The Lone Ranger and Tonto are two of the most important characters in the history of the Western genre,” said Jeffrey Richardson, the Autry’s Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms. “Marketed specifically to children, the Lone Ranger and Tonto characters were designed to teach patriotism, tolerance, fairness, sympathy, and compassion. The new film is important because it highlights continuing attempts to reinterpret the Western genre for a twenty-first-century audience.”
The loan consists of the full Lone Ranger and Tonto costumes, along with prop weapons, jewelry, headgear, and footwear. The Lone Ranger costume includes a cream-colored felt Stetson hat (slightly dirty); the famous black leather eye mask; a three-quarter-length black coat with multicolored lining; brown pin-striped pants; black leather cowboy boots; a metal Texas Rangers badge; a whip; and a pair of Colt single action, .45 caliber painted rubber pistols with cocked hammers. The Tonto costume includes brown cotton under-layer pants (with spots and holes); leather chaps with fringe; a brown suede beaded loincloth with sash; a pair of brown suede leather moccasins with beading; a brown leather beaded pouch; a rubber railroad spike knife with brown leather sheath; and the distinctive faux Crow headdress, headband, and wig.
The costumes will be on view in the Autry’s Imagination Gallery
in a custom display that includes graphics from the movie. They will be steps away from memorabilia of a previous version of the Lone Ranger tale: Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels’ 1950s television portrayal. Moore’s full costume, including white hat, guns, and mask, are on view in the Imagination Gallery, along with Silverheels’ Tonto costume, consisting of a leather shirt and pants with fringe. The saddle from the show and related objects such as a Lone Ranger puzzle, pencil case, hair brush, and even an official tent are also on display.
The ongoing reimagining of the Lone Ranger story through television, radio, books, comics, and movies—including Disney’s 2013 release—traces the development and marketing of popular culture icons in the United States. “Visitors will be able to compare the decades-old costumes with those worn by Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp,” Richardson said. “The difference is striking.”
25th Anniversary Weekend Programs
The debut of The Lone Ranger
costumes is part of the Autry’s anniversary celebration, November 23–24, 2013. Guests can enjoy special gallery tours and talks led by Autry curators, conservators, and other behind-the-scenes staff; join a museum-wide scavenger hunt to find objects that visitors selected as their favorites through a yearlong voting process; participate in interactive storytelling stations; and watch Gene Autry films in the Imagination Gallery’s Western Legacy Theater. Cake will be served in the Autry’s recently renovated cafe, Crossroads West
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The Autry is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West, connecting the past to the present to inspire our shared future. The museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs—including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, and music—and performs scholarship, research, and educational outreach. The Autry’s collection of more than 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts includes the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, one of the largest and most significant in the United States.
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