Tica Expo Watch Camera, 1890's -1920's

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Before most of us were born, men generally carried a watch in their pocket and not on a watch band on their arm. They were, of course; known as pocket watches and almost all successful business people had one. Spies, undercover officers and private-eyes needed a way to conceal a camera they could carry on their body. What better idea that one built into what looked like a pocket watch. The Tica Expo Watch Camera is likely the most famous watch spy cameras every made. Thousands of them were sold around the world in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The Expo brand was made by Expo Camera Company of New York. The Tica Expo had an attachable viewfinder that would attach to the top of the pocket watch type unit.

Expo Watch Camera
4-1/2" X 3-1/2 inch Ad

This ad came out of a magazine from 1931. The Expo Watch Camera was a huge winner and sold from the early 1900's up until the 1940's.

Contents of The Ad As Shown Above

EXPO Watch Camera
Send ONLY $1.00 With order

Complete outfit $5.00. Send $1.00 with order. Pay postman the balance upon receipt of outfit.

Here's the greatest little camera ever made! A novel and valuable possession that will give you loads for fun for years to come. Fits right into your vest pocket. You can take pictures without being detected. Looks exactly like a watch only it is a trifle larger. Weights but 3 ounces. Pictures are taken though the stem, where the rapid-fire little lens is located. A well made and finely finished instrument.

Takes pictures 5/8 X 7/8 of an inch (sharp negatives), which may be enlarged to 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 inch size. Loads in daylight with a film of 20 exposures. Shutter had time and instantaneous speeds. Some of the leading newspapers of the country have scored important news "beats" with the aid of the Expo Watch Camera.

Complete outfit includes camera, with brilliant view finder, and 20 exposure film. Total price only $5.00. Send only $1.00 with order. Pay postman the balance upon receipt of outfit, plus a few cents postage. Don't delay-send $1.00 today!

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