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Scope and content
Items in this series are photographic devices designed to be inconspicuous, intended for photographers to make candid exposures without the subject being aware. The first detective cameras appeared with the production of commercially available dry plates and designs were simple box camera style constructions. These were, in fact, very similar to standard cameras of the time, but were smaller, handheld and able to make exposures relatively quickly. As smaller, flexible film materials became available, these cameras began to be produced disguised as objects such as pocket watches, ties, books, hats, pens and walking sticks.
To browse the individual items in this series, click on the "View the list" link under the "File and item records are available for this series" title (to the right of the page).
Immediate source of acquisition
Items in this series were donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives Special Collections Department from several different sources:
Cameras from the Lorne Shields collection donated by Mr. Shields in 2008.
Cameras from the Wilhelm E. Nassau collection donated by Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011.