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History Detectives: Rogue Book; Betty Page Slide; Empire State Building Plane Crash Piece; Hollywood Sign

Airs Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Country Music star Clint Black found this book at an antique store. He’s intrigued by the page upon page of wanted posters. He asks HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray to find the reason behind this book and more about the person who owned it.

HISTORY DETECTIVES is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects. Traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork are the tools the HISTORY DETECTIVES team of experts uses to give new - and sometimes shocking - insights into our national history.

Louis Atkins found this piece of twisted metal in his Empire State Building office following the 1945 collision of a B-25 Bomber into the 78th and 79th floors. His son Irv asks HISTORY DETECTIVES host Eduardo Pagán to find out if it could possibly be a part of the crashed airplane.
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Above: Louis Atkins found this piece of twisted metal in his Empire State Building office following the 1945 collision of a B-25 Bomber into the 78th and 79th floors. His son Irv asks HISTORY DETECTIVES host Eduardo Pagán to find out if it could possibly be a part of the crashed airplane.

Claire Sharp of Suverna Park, MD asks HISTORY DETECTIVE Gwen Wright to investigate whether this photo of pin-up model Bettie Page came from one of “Pin-up King” Irving Klaw’s supposedly destroyed slides.
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Above: Claire Sharp of Suverna Park, MD asks HISTORY DETECTIVE Gwen Wright to investigate whether this photo of pin-up model Bettie Page came from one of “Pin-up King” Irving Klaw’s supposedly destroyed slides.

Chuck Amhrein thinks he might have found a piece of history while on a hike in the Hollywood Hills almost 40 years ago. He asks HISTORY DETECTIVE Eduardo Pagán to find out whether this metal bar belonged to the original Hollywood Sign.
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Above: Chuck Amhrein thinks he might have found a piece of history while on a hike in the Hollywood Hills almost 40 years ago. He asks HISTORY DETECTIVE Eduardo Pagán to find out whether this metal bar belonged to the original Hollywood Sign.

The hosts of the program are a high-energy group of renowned experts in the world of historical investigations. Their expertise ranges from architecture, popular culture and sociology to archeology, collectibles and genealogy.

Wes Cowan is an independent appraiser and auctioneer; Elyse Luray is independent appraiser and expert in art history; Gwendolyn Wright is a professor of architecture, planning and preservation, and professor of history, Columbia University; Tukufu Zuberi is a professor of sociology and director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Eduardo Pagan is the Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History at Arizona State University.

Each hour-long episode of HISTORY DETECTIVES features three investigations that delve into family legends, local folklore and stories behind potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns. Follow the twists and turns of each investigation and find out more about the historical events that shaped America.

"Rogue Book; Betty Page Slide; Empire State Building Plane Crash Piece; Hollywood Sign" (Season 10) airs Tuesday, July 24 at 9 p.m. - Host Elyse Luray floors country music singer Clint Black with the information she uncovers about his turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters.

Then, can Eduardo Pagan link a chunk of molten metal to the B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945?

Did HISTORY DETECTIVES find a slide of Bettie Page, "Queen of Pinups," that somehow escaped the censorship of the 1950s? Finally, a six-foot metal bar tells the story behind the original iconic Hollywood sign.

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History Detectives: Season 10 Preview

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Web Extra: Clint Black

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Above: Watch Clint Black's performance of his song "The Code of the West."

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Submit Your Mysteries To History Detectives

Above: Do you have an object that you think may have played a starring role in American history but don't quite know how? Why not give the HISTORY DETECTIVES a crack at it!