A Hoboken, New Jersey man has a palm-sized, army-green metal box that looks like an instrument panel.
Beneath a shattered plastic covering is a sliding, numbered scale. Knobs on each end move a lever across the scale and German writing indicates the country of origin.
Might this instrument have been recovered from the crash site of the Hindenburg in Lakehurst, New Jersey?
Family lore states a distant relative was among the many bystanders plucking souvenirs from the wreckage of the terrifying disaster. Chemicals from the fire or balloon envelope gas would have evaporated 10 minutes after the explosion, but the broken plastic can be tested for age and heat distress with forensic analysis of the instrument.
History Detectives determines if this device was indeed snatched from the burning wreckage of the Hindenburg.
- Also with Elyse Luray Space Boot What does this odd-looking boot have to do with America's first steps in space?
- Also in Season 6 Shipwreck Cannons Are these the last remains of a navy schooner that fought in a border dispute with the mighty British Empire?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Tumbling Tumbleweeds Why would writing this song be bad for Bob Nolan?
- Also with Elyse Luray Bob Dylan Guitar Is this the guitar Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965?
- Also with Elyse Luray Flint Lock Rifle Was this the gun of one of the most infamous bandits operating to undermine the birth of our nation?
- Also in Season 7 Navajo Rug Why would a weaver depart from tradition to make this rug?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.