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Detective Camera Watch

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Detective Camera Watch

Post by Karen on Thu 10 Jun 2010 - 18:05

The invention of camera watches in 1887 was eagerly welcomed by detectives of Scotland Yard. I wonder if any other photographs were taken of either Ripper suspects, or even, some of the patrons that frequented the gay brothel in Cleveland Street.

Foreign Extracts.

Councillor W.J. Lancaster, of Colmore Row, London, is said to have invented a very remarkable photographic apparatus, to be used for detective purposes or ordinary portrait photography. The apparatus is enclosed in a watch case which opens in the ordinary manner by means of a spring. As the case opens, a miniature camera shoots out for a moment, shuts up again, and the thing is done. The sensitive plates to be used for the camera are miniature dry plates, and a store of these is to be carried by the operator in a specially prepared locket, to hang on the watch chain. We understand that the miniature apparatus has been eagerly welcomed by the detective police, and that the authorities at Scotland Yard have decided to make extensive use of it. A detective who wishes to secure the portrait of a suspected character will only have to get close to his subject, and pretend to pull out his watch and look at the time, and the features will be registered. We may mention that for the sake of experiment, accurate and "speaking" likenesses were taken of a large number of the persons who mixed in the crowd at the recent Socialists' meeting. - Glasgow Herald

Source: Supplement to "Sun" (Twillingate Sun), March 26, 1887

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