History's most intriguing lost items
July 17, 2013 7:40 PM Subscribe
What are history's most intriguing lost items, including film footage, photographs, books, or inventions?
posted by gregoryg to Society & Culture (52 answers total) 76 users marked this as a favorite
This is something that sets my imagination ablaze, and I'm wondering what the most interesting items lost to history are, or what would be the most illuminating if they were found. Some examples of what would fit my criteria:
- The "Babushka Lady"'s photos of the JFK assassination
- The briefcase of Beatles original recordings belonging to Mal Evans
- The Magnificent Ambersons original footage
- Hemingway's lost suitcase of his original manuscripts
What I'm looking for are examples of things known to have existed, not speculative items. This means that Tesla's death ray is off the list. I'm particularly interested in real-world footage, the only example being of the death of the Grizzly Man - but that wouldn't be particularly enlightening if found, so not as interesting to me.
I'd also love stories about things thought lost forever but later found, like the missing footage from Metropolis.