Spy Museum board member H Keith Melton is kindly offering up some 5,000+ personally collected objects to the collection. Since the 1970s, Melton has been gathering all kinds of trickery and tools used by spies—from a piece of a spy plane to “the axe used to hack exiled Soviet communist Leon Trotsky to death and even a 13-foot-long spy submarine from World War II.” Unsurprisingly these sometimes sensitive espionage artifacts were collected in equally sly ways—Melton apparently smuggled one item from Soviet Russia in his cheek. Read more at Smithsonian.
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