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Tessina Camera and Cigarette Case Concealment

1960s, Stasi

The Tessina camera was easily concealed in a modified cigarette pack. Tiny holes on the side of the pack aligned with the camera lens. The Swiss crafted their Tessina cameras with the same precision as their finest watches. This tiny model contains almost 400 parts, including ruby chips to reduce friction and wear. The Tessina fit into a cigarette pack, which was modified with small holes on the side to align with the camera lens. A spy could grab a real cigarette, also stored in the case, and at the same time secretly photograph an office or other area.

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