Vintage News Photo – Worlds Smallest Spy Camera 1948

This is a 1948 news photograph of the world’s smallest camera. It was not a watch but a spy camera that could be worn like a watch. Manufactured by the Steineck Camera Werk Tuzing, Bayern. And released in the 1940s and became a sensation at the time. You just needed to raise your arm to your waist or chin and point it to someone or someplace and click the button.

It was so easy and it did not need many disguises, since there was no dial like a watch I wonder if that wasn’t a giveaway. It used a circular film disc with six exposures and had the release button at 9 0’clock. The Steineck was highly popular at that time and if a private detective who had one would be the talk of the industry.

It was not surprising that it created a sensation in the media then, one of them from which this news photo is from. See also my post- Old Photo – Vintage Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) Camera of 1975.

Did you know- the first photograph taken was in France in 1826.

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Art Abstract (#15).,  Antique Photo Lord Curzon Viceroy Of India 1903.,  5 Old Postcards of Cochin, Ernakulam & Quilon Backwaters.,  Antique Print The Elephants Of The Rajah Of Travancore.,  Vintage Book – Winter In India 1883

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.

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8 x 6 inches

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Acme News Photo