Concealed Vest Camera, 1886
Artifact no. 1981.1098
Canada Science and Technology Museum

Publication/Creation Date
C.P. Stirn (creator)
Media Type
Graphical Image
Persuasive Intent
Discursive Type
One of the most prevalent recent developments in wearable technology design is the body-mounted camera, made popular by devices like the GoPro. This early spy camera—or concealed vest camera, as it was more widely known—offered a similar possibility to early adopters of still film technology over a century ago. Equipped with a 40 mm lens and rotary diaphragm shutter for high-resolution still photography, this camera came fitted with a neck strap and shutter release cord for one-handed operation. Designed to be as inconspicuous as possible, its thin profile kept it flush against the chest, presumably hidden under a vest or waist coat, while its small protruding lens was meant to poke through a button hole for a clear shot. The release cord could then be pulled discretely, from below the camera, engaging the shutter without drawing unwanted attention.

Made in Berlin, Germany.
HCI Platform
Relation to Body
Related Body Part
Neck, Chest
Technology Keywords
Marketing Keywords
C.P. Stirn

Date archived
April 6 2018
Last edited
July 5 2021
How to cite this entry
C.P. Stirn. (1886). "Concealed Vest Camera, 1886
Artifact no. 1981.1098
Canada Science and Technology Museum". Canada Science and Technology Museum. Fabric of Digital Life.