Kodak Matchbox (MB) camera, 1943

Made:
1943 in Rochester
maker:
Kodak

Kodak matchbox (MB) camera, 1943. For use by OSS in occupied Europe. Miniature box camera for 16mm film on spool pictures 14 x 14mm. F:1 inch lens anastigmat F/5. Swinging plate with f/11 aperture. Shutter 75/T. Fixed focus, depth of field 4 foot to infinity. Measures 60 x 38 x 22mm. Eastman Kodak, 1943.

A simple metal and plstic camera shaped like a matchbox which was made for the Office of Strategic Services in 1944-45. The OSS was a World War II US intelligence agency and a predecessor to the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), and the independent Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The OSS was formed as an agency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) to coordinate espionage activities behind enemy lines for all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Other OSS functions included the use of propaganda, subversion, and post-war planning.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/1195
Materials:
glass and metal (unknown)
type:
miniature camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford