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  Cold War Clandestine Equipment  
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British MK-123
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Source: Personal Collection
British MK-123 - Mid 1950's. British superheterodyne receiver and transmitter. Further technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "Great Britain Radio Transmitters and Receivers" section.
British MK-128
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Source: Personal Collection
British MK-128 - Late 1950's. Superheterodyne receiver design with transmitter. Excellent technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "Great Britain Radio Transmitters and Receivers" section.
British MK-301
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Source: Personal Collection
British MK-301 - 1954. Superheterodyne design. The receiver itself weighed approximately 1 kg. Excellent technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "Great Britain Radio Transmitters and Receivers" section.
British MK-328
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Source: Personal Collection
British MK-328 - 1970. Transistorized unit with complete assembly weighing roughly 2 kg. Additional technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "Great Britain Radio Transmitters and Receivers" section.
France TR-TG-2A by Etablissements Lagier
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Source: Personal Collection
France TR-TG-2A by Etablissements Lagier - 1960. Designed and manufactured for Special Forces for various services in France. Further technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "France Radio Transmitters and Receivers" section.
SAS GRA-71 with Burst Encoder
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Source: Personal Collection
SAS GRA-71 with Burst Encoder - mid-1960's. Used by SAS for specialized communications to/from agents in the field. Excellent technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "High Speed Keyers" section. Also featured on page 118 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
PRC-64 Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
PRC-64 Radio - Early 1960's Also issued as Delco-5300. Here are other photos for this radio: Excellent technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "USA Radio Receivers and Transmitters" section. Also featured on page 117 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
RS-6 Special Forces Radio Station
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Source: Personal Collection
RS-6 Special Forces Radio Station - Early 1950's. Built for the CIA during the Cold War. Excellent technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "USA Radio Receivers and Transmitters" section. Also featured on page 47 of Keith Melton's "CIA Special Weapons & Equipment" (1993 edition).
RS-1 GRC-109 Special Forces Radio Station
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Source: Personal Collection
RS-1 CIA Special Forces Radio Station - Early 1950's. Built for the CIA during the Cold War. Additional photos: Excellent technical details can be found in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "USA Radio Receivers and Transmitters" section. Also featured on page 47 of Keith Melton's "CIA Special Weapons & Equipment" (1993 edition).

Very informative link on technical and historical background on the GRC-109 at Peter McCollum's pages.

Other related websites:
SSR-5B Receiver
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Source: Personal Collection
SSR-5-B Receiver (1944-1945). Used by OSS towards the end of WW-II. Small enough to be easily concealable. Thanks to David Gauding (NF0R), this particular radio came from the estate of Andy Becker in August 2009. Here is a summary provided by Mr. Gauding in terms of background to Mr. Becker and the SSR-5-B:

"Andy Becker W0NVM was a ham for 54 years. His primary interests were antennas, test equipment and green radios - the latter as evidenced by the SSR-5B. It is not known how he acquired it. But Andy first showed us the receiver in 1988 or 1989 using that as a point of reference. It was carefully stored away in his Library which gives some indication how much he enjoyed having it. He was a US Army veteran and as a sergeant was assigned to the Panama Canal Zone in the post WWII/Korea era. Our expectations is he acquired the SSR-5B during that tour of duty. He spent a full career in telecommunications and electronics. His major employers were Sprint and Boeing. Finally, he was probably one of the nicest people I have ever known. That sentiment is shared by many."

This is another website from Italy on this receiver. Also featured on page 73 of Keith Melton's "OSS Special Weapons & Equipment - Spy Devices of WWII" (1991 edition).
SSR-5B Receiver
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Source: Personal Collection
Second SSR-5-B Receiver (1944-1945). Used by OSS towards the end of WW-II. Small enough to be easily concealable. This is another website from Italy on this receiver. Also featured on page 73 of Keith Melton's "OSS Special Weapons & Equipment - Spy Devices of WWII" (1991 edition).
TELEFUNKEN 41 Suitcase Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
TELEFUNKEN 41 Suitcase Radio - Germany (1953) Bought on eBay France in September 2011 - in superb and complete condition. This radio is featured in Louis Meulstee's book "Wireless for the Warrior - Volume 4" in the "Germany after 1945" section.
Unknown Transmitter ST-1 in Case
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Source: Personal Collection
Unknown Transmitter ST-1 in Case. Here are other photos of the unit: No other information available through textbook references or on the web.
CCS Surveillance Briefcase
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Source: Personal Collection
Surveillance and recording briefcase (Security Systems Communications) - 1970's. Clandestine surveillance technology for law enforcement purposes. Web searching reveals from this website that "CCS is the upper echelon end of surveillance and countermeasures equipment, stocking everything from bullet-proofing kits - yes, you can turn your own car into an armoured Ford sedan - and letter bomb detectors to nightscopes and sophisticated telephone masking and analyzing devices". Not much additional information on CCS otherwise.
Mohawk Clandestine Recorder in Attache Case
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Source: Personal Collection
Mohawk Clandestine Recorder in Attache Case. American recording device in attache case and sold commercially in the 1950's. Here are other photos: Excellent webpage at this website on the history and other photos of this recorder.
EDI Miniature Clandestine Recorder
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Source: Personal Collection
EDI Recorder (reel-to-reel) 1in high, 2.5in deep, 5in wide. American recording device in polished aluminum case from the 1960's. Not much information generally available on this recorder - two sold in the last 5 years on eBay.
Alpha One X Recorder (reel-to-reel) by IdentCorporation
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Source: Personal Collection
Alpha One X Recorder (reel-to-reel) by IdentCorporation 1in high, 2.5in deep, 5in wide. American recording device in polished aluminum case from the 1970's. If you have an original copy or even a photocopy of the manual for the Alpha One X recorder, please get in touch! Not much information generally available on this recorder - a few sold in the last 5 years on eBay.
Alpha One Recorder (reel-to-reel) by Amerex for IdentCorporation
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Source: Personal Collection
Alpha One Recorder (reel-to-reel) by Amerex for IdentCorporation 1in high, 2.5in deep, 5in wide. American recording device in polished aluminum case from the 1970's. If you have an original copy or even a photocopy of the manual for the Alpha One recorder, please get in touch! Not much information generally available on this recorder - a few of this model also sold in the last 5 years on eBay.
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-8 Audio Surveillance Briefcase
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Source: Personal Collection
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-8 Audio Surveillance Briefcase. American recording device in attache case from the 1970's. Featured on page 89 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-8A Audio Surveillance Briefcase
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Source: Personal Collection
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-8A Audio Surveillance Briefcase. American recording device in attache case from the 1970's. Subsequent model to SK-8 featured on page 89 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-9A Audio Surveillance Briefcase
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Source: Personal Collection
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-9A Audio Surveillance Briefcase. American recording device in attache case from the 1970's. Subsequent model to SK-8 featured on page 89 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-9D Audio Surveillance Briefcase
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Source: Personal Collection
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-9D Audio Surveillance Briefcase. American recording device in attache case from the 1970's. Subsequent model to SK-8 featured on page 89 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-10D Audio Surveillance Briefcase
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Source: Personal Collection
KEL / Bell & Howell SK-10D Audio Surveillance Briefcase. American recording device in attache case from the 1970's. Subsequent model to SK-8 featured on page 89 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
Minifon Attaché Wire Recorder Kit
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Source: Personal Collection
Minifon Attaché Wire Recorder Kit - Late 1950's. German-made recording device with accessories in attaché case from the 1970's. Featured on pages 56 and 57 of Keith Melton's "CIA Special Weapons & Equipment" (1993 edition).
KGB Copy Camera Outfit - ELKA C-64
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Source: Personal Collection
KGB Copy Camera Outfit - ELKA C-64. KGB copy camera outfit with accessories in carry-case from the 1970's. Featured on page 72 as the Yelka C-64 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
American Attache Case Copy Camera
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Source: Personal Collection
U.S. Copy Camera Outfit in Attache Case - 1970's American copy camera outfit with accessories in attaché case. Featured on page 73 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
KGB Surveillance Radio
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Source: Personal Collection
KGB Surveillance Radio (1960's). KGB body-worn outfit for countersurveillance purposes. Featured on page 106 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
U.S. 50 Cent Concealment Coin
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Source: Personal Collection
High quality U.S. 50 cent concealment coin. Vintage hollow coin for carrying microdots and one-time pads. Here is another photo of the coin. Silver dollar version featured on page 128 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
H.P.C. Lockpick Set
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Source: Personal Collection
H.P.C. Lockpick Set - circa 1960's. Vintage lockpick set from H.P.C once used by law enforcement. Here is another photo of the set in closed leather case.  
MiG-29 Spy Camera
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Source: Personal Collection
Soviet MiG-29 spy/gun camera. First MiG-29 fighter was produced in 1983 and many are still in service today. Here is another photo of this camera. Excellent webpage at this Wikipedia entry.
KGB F-21 Concealed Cameras (e.g. button concealment)
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Source: Personal Collection
KGB F-21 Concealed Cameras (e.g. button concealment). Classic spy camera used by the Soviet Block during the Cold War during the 1950's up to the 1980's. Featured on pages 66 and 67 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition). This camera could be concealed in a variety of items such as handbags, coat, day planners, umbrella shafts, bras (see this as part of collection of photos for the book "Seduced by Secrets" published in 2008 by Kristie Macrakis. Excellent webpage at this history of F-21 website.
Photo-Sniper 35mm surveillance camera KGB
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Source: Personal Collection
Photo-Sniper 35mm surveillance camera KGB (1965-1982). Classic surveillance camera used by the Soviet Block during the Cold War during the 1960's up to the 1980's. Featured on cover and pages 102-103 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).

Excellent webpage at this history of Fotosnaiper camera FS-12.
Minox B with some accessories
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Source: Personal Collection
Minox B with some accessories. Classic spy camera used in the Cold War during the 1960's up to the 1980's. First model being Riga introduced in the late 1930's. Other related photos:
  • Model B in silver finish (photo forthcoming)
  • Model C in silver finish (photo forthcoming)
  • Model III-S in silver finsih (photo forthcoming)
Featured on pages 70-71 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).

Here is an excellent website devoted to the Minox camera. Here's another at this Wikipedia website on the Minox and its history.
Microphotographs & Microdot Viewer
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Source: Personal Collection
Microphotographs & Microdot Viewer. Microphotography dating back to the 19th century but used extensively in the Cold War. Featured on pages 126-127 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).

Excellent webpage at this Wikipedia website on microdots and its history.
Canadian Civil Defence Posters from 1950's
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Source: Personal Collection
Canadian Civil Defence Posters from 1950's. These were distributed during the late 1950's by Civil Defence in Canada (featuring Bea Alerte and Justin Case!). Here are photos of other posters: Excellent webpage at this Wikipedia website on Civil Defence and its history.
Robot Camera
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Source: Personal Collection
German made Robot Camera - 1960's Original designs surfaced at the end of WW-II in Germany. Featured on pages 64 and 65 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
Cigarette Lighter Camera
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Source: Personal Collection
Camera-Lite Cigarette Lighter Camera by Continental NY (Suzuki Optical). This small camera and functional cigarette lighter was manufactured from 1955 until the 1960's. This is the smaller version of the famous Echo-8. The Echo-8 is featured on page 68 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).

This website has excellent historical details and photos on this camera.
KGB Key Chain Camera
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Source: Personal Collection
KGB pinhole camera. Manufactured in the Soviet Union likely in the 1980's. Often integrated as part of a key holder. Featured on page 69 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).
John Player Special cigarette pack camera
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Source: Personal Collection
"John Player Special" cigarette pack camera with a Kiev 30 16mm at its core. Manufactured circa 1978. Other related photos:
This camera is featured on page 68 of Keith Melton's "The Ultimate Spy Book" (1996 edition).

Here is an insightful website devoted to the John Player Special camera.




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