Our contributor inherited a peculiar object from his father: a jerry-rigged ski boot with a magnetic metal brick bolted to the bottom.
In the 1960s, his father worked as an engineer for Westinghouse, which played a role in the space program.
Could this be the prototype for a NASA space boot? The magnet seems to have several layers and wires weaving throughout. The heel of the boot contains a plug.
History Detectives finds out what place this boot has in space history.
- Also with Elyse Luray Szyk Picture Could these be early drawings of America's most influential political cartoonist?
- Related Investigation Seadrome Did floating airports dot the Atlantic before modern air travel?
- Also in Season 8 Face Jug What does this ceramic face reveal about the Middle Passage and a captive people’s search for identity?
- Also with Elyse Luray Mexican Currency What role did this money play in the Mexican Revolution?
- Also with Elyse Luray Black Star Line Is this certificate a rare artifact from the heyday of Marcus Garvey?
- Related Investigation Coca Cola Trade Card Could this card be a unique piece of early Coca-Cola advertising?
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.