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History Detectives

Description

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

Upcoming Episodes

  • 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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  • WB Cartoons; Leopold Medal; Suffrage Pennant

    The story behind a recipient's Order of Leopold, a military honor bestowed by the Belgian government. Also: a pennant is linked to the suffragette movement; a box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it. (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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  • Andrew Jackson's Mouth; Modoc Basket; Hot Town Poster

    A poster with a clenched fist that describes police as "pigs"; a woodcarving of a mouth and chin that may have been part of an Andrew Jackson figurehead affixed to the USS Constitution; a basket that may be linked to a woman honored by Congress as a heroine of the 1872 to 1873 Modoc Indian War. (60 minutes)

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  • Andrew Jackson's Mouth, Barton Letter, Spybook

    A sculpture of Andrew Jackson that was dismembered more than 150 years ago; a letter about a Civil War soldier from Red Cross founder Clara Barton to Burnt Cabins, Pa.; a notebook that may have belonged to a WWI spy. (60 minutes)

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