Ronald McDonald Costume

The Case:

Have we found the original costume that launched Ronald McDonald?  

The label credits a well-known costume designer, and the costume looks similar to the suit we see in an early Ronald McDonald commercial: the yellow balloon coverall, red and white striped shirt and long stockings, and red oversized shoes.  

But there are also some curious differences.

History Detectives consults with a food and social historian, meets McDonald’s first Chief Marketing Officer, and finally speaks with the widow of one of the first Ronald McDonald clowns. 

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Season 9, Episode 3

Elyse Luray Location:
Chicago and New York

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