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Buttonhole Camera, Model F-21
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Codename: Ajax refers to the hidden camera concealed in this ordinary looking coat. The lens, tucked behind the right middle button, is perfectly...
Coal Camouflage Kit and Explosive Coal
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
The device, shaped to resemble a piece of coal, was hollowed out to conceal explosives. Using the camouflage kit, the device was painted to resemble...
Criminalist Kit
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
During the Cold War, East Berlin's Humboldt University offered special courses to train "criminalists" or spy catchers in techniques to detect and...
Enigma Machine
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Originally designed to encode business communications, the Germans adapted the Enigma cipher machine for use in World War II. The machine linked a...
G-Men Toys
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
In the years between the world wars, adventurous tales of FBI government agents—G-Men—and their fight against evil-doers played out daily in...
George Washington Letter
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
The Father of His Country and America’s First Spymaster To fight and win their independence, the fledgling United States needed shrewd military...
Hollow Coin
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Hollow coins easily concealed microfilm and microdots. They were opened by inserting a needle into a tiny hole in the front of the coin.
Lipstick Pistol
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
The lipstick pistol, discovered on a female KGB operative during the Cold War, is a 4.5 mm, single shot weapon. It delivered the ultimate “kiss of...
Microdot Camera
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
A microdot is a photograph so small, an entire document can be reduced to the size of a punctuation mark in a newspaper. Originally developed as a...
Minox Camera
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
For 50 years, the Minox was the essential spy camera. It could take 50 pictures without reloading, and its high resolution lens captured a remarkable...
Operation Bernhard Forged Currency
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
This counterfeit English note was printed as part of “Operation Bernhard,” a German plot to disrupt the British economy by distributing more than ₤...
Pigeon Camera
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
In the years before World War I, Germany experimented with the use of pigeons carrying cameras to photograph enemy activity. Pigeons outfitted with...
Rectal Tool Kit
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Filled with escape tools, this kit could be stashed inside the body where for concealment during a search.
Shoe with Heel Transmitter
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
Secretly obtaining an American diplomat’s shoes, the Romanians outfitted them with a hidden microphone and transmitter, thus enabling them to monitor...
Steineck ABC Wristwatch Camera
International Spy Museum, Washington, District Of Columbia
At first glance it’s a stylish wristwatch. But look again—it’s really a miniature camera. An agent would carefully aim the camera while pretending to...
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