Artifacts

"Matchbox" Camera

Artifact Details

The “matchbox” camera was deployed “behind the lines” by resistance personnel in World War II for target recording and propaganda photography.

The Eastman Kodak Company developed and manufactured this camera for use by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). It was made in the shape of a matchbox of that era. It could be disguised by adding a matchbox label appropriate for the country in which it was to be used.

The camera used 16-mm film. It was deployed “behind the lines” by resistance personnel in World War II for target recording and propaganda photography. Designed to be operated with a minimum of user-adjustable settings, the camera featured rugged construction and controls that could be operated by “feel.”

Artifact Specs

6 cm x 3.8 cm x 2.3 cm
(L x W x H)

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The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency