Spy-Tech Monday

Written by: Kristie Macrakis


That’s it for Kristie Macrakis and her treasure trove of Stasi gizmos. Thanks for joining us. I’ll make it easier for everyone, and post all the pictures in a gallery below. Seduced by Secrets is available nationwide; get the full story! Many thanks to Kristie for sharing images from her own research.

[UPDATE] Check out the comments section – a reader has posted a series of very cool, very outlandish spy cameras.


A tile mosaic at the former Stasi headquarters

The back room at the German Federal Criminal Police

Insert a pin and voila, your very own Minox spy camera.

Why, what an ordinary-looking ash tray.

Insert a pin, and voila, your very own… yeah, another Minox.

A desktop lighter contains a cypher.

Photograph dignitaries and other folks of interest at your next spy-function, even from under your summery dress.

Dust some evidence, stick it in a jar. Later, dogs will identify the person by scent. Or not. There are conflicting reports as to whether a dog can identify the scent of someone based upon their handling of, say, a protest leaflet. The scary thing: the current German police still may be doing it.

This cigarette case conceals…

A very pricey, high-precision Swiss Tessina wristwatch-camera. Click for a bigger image, and dig the controls. The manual settings are all there.

The Microdot. This camera is the size of a thumbnail, with a remote shutter release.

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About the Author: Kristie Macrakis

Kristie Macrakis is the author of Seduced by Secrets: Inside the Stasi's Spy-Tech World (2008). She is Professor of the History of Science at Georgia Tech. She spent 2007–08 at Harvard University (where she received her ...

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