The Lone Ranger is finally on a postage stamp!

Stamps to celebrate early TV by the UPSP

For more than half a century, Americans have turned to television for entertainment and information. To those watching in its early days, TV offered the additional excitement of the new. Whether laughing at the first situation comedies, tingling at crime dramas, or identifying with ordinary people who had their day in the spotlight on game shows, audiences were charmed by the novelty of the young medium. Today, memories from television’s “childhood” — often especially vivid — are a pure pleasure.

The Early TV Memories commemorated in the 20 stamp set include: Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Dinah Shore Show; Dragnet; Ed Sullivan Show; George Burns & Gracie Allen Show; Hopalong Cassidy; The Honeymooners; Howdy Doody; I Love Lucy; Kukla, Fran and Ollie; Lassie; The Lone Ranger; Perry Mason; Phil Silvers Show; The Red Skelton Show; Texaco Star Theater; Tonight Show; Twilight Zone; and, You Bet Your Life.

America’s Stamp of Approval

In the ultimate act of acknowledgment, in May of 2001 the Smithsonian Institution has given the Lone Ranger’s mask a permanent place of honor in the American Pop Culture Gallery next to Dorothy’s “Ruby Slippers”. When over 95% of the museum’s collection is in storage, this indeed is an extraordinary statement.

A postage stamp with this legendary western hero’s image brings the importance of what this character has contributed to the moral fiber of America full circle.”