Microdots & Spyphemera
Microdot Spy Cameras
Microdot Spy Cameras
Microdot Cameras are among the most intriguing tools used by intelligence agencies worldwide. Though subminiature and ultra-subminiature cameras were used during WWII, their uses really began to be exploited in the 1950's and they were used extensively throughout the cold war. The tiny photos they produced (called microdots) could only be seen with the aid of a microscope or microdot reader or sometimes via projection. Microdots are an invaluable asset in the craft of espionage because they are easy to conceal in and on everyday objects like documents, letters, post-cards, and under postage stamps or tape. Detecting a microdot with your naked eye is a near impossibility which is why they were so frequently and successfully used in important clandestine operations and missions. Microdots. Even today, microdots have many advantages over digital photos and electronically encrypted information which are often easily intercepted.
Any microdot spy camera is a very rare and a seldom find if one is so fortunate. The most sought after are the US CIA cameras and those of the Soviet KGB followed closely by German SS and East German STASI productions.
Owing to the unique photographic and microphotographic and advanced experimental optics work that we do at Stanhope MicroWorks, we have obtained unprecedented access to many of these rare cameras and photographic devices. We have examined, researched and used several spy cameras.
At present we are working with a US MK-VR type camera. It is the first of it's type that we have seen outside of the early model MK-IV housed in the International Spy Museum in Wash. DC.
We anticipate finishing our research and empirical work with this camera in Dec. 2015 or Jan. 2016 at which time it will be offered for sale. If you are interested in purchasing this US MK camera, contact us at
US Cold War Microdot Film Camera Model MK VR
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24mm Scalloped Circle MK-VR Microdot Camera Film Disc Punch
24mm Round Circle MK-VR Microdot Camera Film Disc Punch
Agfa Copex 35mm x 100' High Contrast Document Roll Film
22mm (7/8") Scalloped Circle MK-VR Microdot Camera Film Disc Punch