Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Winooski Woman's Titanic Frame on PBS’s ‘History Detectives’ Tonight

Did PBS' History Detectives track down a picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania, or neither?

Cousins Cathy McIsaac (from Winooski, VT) and Robert Martorana (from Hillsborough, NJ) always wondered about the odd-looking frame on their grandmother's shelf.


Growing up, both heard incredible stories about where it came from. Robert believes the frame was made from a piece of the Titanic's grand staircase. Cathy heard it was made from a piece of the Lusitania. But both were told that their great-grandfather worked on a ship that recovered bodies after the Titanic sank in April of 1912 and the Lusitania was torpedoed in May of 1915. He grabbed a floating piece of wood and had it made into a frame.

With all the fake artifacts from both ships in the marketplace, Robert and Cathy asks History Detectives host and appraiser Elyse Luray to find out whether this picture frame is the genuine article.

This fascinating story is explored in the upcoming episode of this long-running series, which premieres Tuesday, August 7 at 8 p.m. on VPT.

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