Throughout the history of photography, from its very earliest days right up to the present digital era, an amazing number of cameras have been designed and manufactured to look like some completely different object. During and after the Second World War some of these were used for genuine espionage purposes. Others were made for no reason other than to provide photographers with something a little out of the ordinary, and a fair number, especially in the later years, were little more than toys. Whatever the reason so many manufacturers had for disguising cameras, their story makes an often overlooked and fascinating branch of photographic history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Wade began collecting cameras in the early 1970s, an interest which led him to a fascination for researching some of the more obscure aspects of photographic history. Other titles for Shire by this author (see below).