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History Detectives

Description

Exploring the stories behind artifacts and historical curiosities, with comments from academics and appraisers.

Upcoming Episodes

  • Space Exploration

    The Season 8 premiere focuses on space-related items, with segments about a scrap of metallic Mylar that could be from one of America's earliest satellites; a possible prototype for the NASA space boot; and whether Andy Warhol's art is on the moon. (60 minutes)

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  • WB Cartoons, Galvez Papers, Mussolini Dagger

    A box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it; emancipation papers for a female slave that were signed by a regional governor; a dagger that may have belonged to Benito Mussolini. (60 minutes)

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  • Iwo Jima Map, Copperhead Cane, Theremin

    The history behind a map taken from the body of a Japanese soldier during the WWII battle of Iwo Jima; the origins of the theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments, and whether a New Mexico man owns one. Also: a coiled-snake cane with ties to the anti-Lincoln Peace Democrats. (60 minutes)

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  • Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter

    A family clock that may have been used to keep time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century; a document that may be linked to a religion founded by an American-born woman. Also: what went wrong with a WWII dog-training program on Cat Island (a Gulf Coast barrier island near Gulfport, Texas). (60 minutes)

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  • Lauste Film Clip, Baker's Gold, Transatlantic Cable

    A collector who may possess part of the first talking movie; a Cape Cod beachcomber's discovery of what may be a section of the first transatlantic cable. Also: the story behind sketches of five- and eight-pound gold nuggets. (60 minutes)

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