Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2011/01/07

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Subject: [Leica] Cigaret lighter camera
From: jsmith342 at (Jeffery Smith)
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2011 14:45:31 -0600
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Now, that's better. There's a certain degree of cold war coolness to it. Do 
you remember "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."?


On Jan 7, 2011, at 2:36 PM, Lawrence Zeitlin wrote:

> Jeffery asked about the cigarette subminiature camera.
> - - - - -
> The camera is an Echo 8, produced by Suzuki on and off after 1951. It looks
> like a Zippo lighter of that era and actually works as a lighter. It had a
> fixed focus lens and took a mini roll of 8 mm film. Allegedly it was
> intended to be a spy camera or at least a topic of curiosity. There is one
> on display in the CIA museum although there is no evidence that it was
> actually used in spying. I recall the price being in the neighborhood of 
> $50
> or $60 rather than the $2000 currently being asked.
> Here is a listing of the camera:
> Larry Z
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