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History Detectives

Description

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

Upcoming Episodes

  • Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era. (60 minutes)

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  • Siberian Bullet; John Brown Pike; Ronald McDonald Costume

    A spear that may have been used in abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; whether a Ronald McDonald costume was used in the first national Ronald McDonald ad campaign. (60 minutes)

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  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated. (60 minutes)

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  • African-American Comic Book; Lindbergh-Sikorsky Fabric; Civil War Letters

    A letter from a Civil War soldier who wanted to lead a unit of blacks; fabric from an airplane apparently signed by Charles Lindbergh and helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky; the story behind the 1950s-era "Negro Romance" comic book. (60 minutes)

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