Japenese Teleca Spy Camera

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Size (WxDxH): 3.75 x 3 x 3.75 inches
Material: Assorted Materials
Period: 1950s
Origin: Japan


The ‘Teleca’ is a rare spy camera camouflaged in binoculars, from the 1950s. Made by Toko Photo Company in Japan, this well-functioning camera in good condition, comes with its original case, which is a bit worn with age. This subminiature camera used 16mm roll film in special square cartridges, with the film size around 10x14mm. The camera is mounted above the binocular lenses and has its lens between them, focused by a ring on the barrel. Rings on the rear of each lens are focused on the binoculars which acts as the viewfinder. Behind that, another ring set with the apertures f/4.5-16 and shutter speed of 1/25 - 1/100 sec, are set with a sliding control beside the shutter release. The lens is a Telegisgmar 3.5" (90mm) F:4.5.
The Toko Shashin K.K. company, translated as Toko Photo Company, was a Japanese camera manufacturer located in Tokyo from the 1940s into the 1960s. Prior to World War II, the company produced the subminiature camera called the "Mighty". After the war, the company continued production in occupied Japan and extended its product line to include novel subminiature binocular cameras and mainstream SLR cameras. In about 1956, the company name was changed to Windsor Camera Co.
The camera measures 3.75 x 3 x 3.75 inches, and the outer case measures 4 x 3.75 x 4.25 inches.