The Electra Candid Covert Recorder 1960's

The Electra Candid Recorder model 770 was a small portable recorder for it's time. It came with a diamond (fake) incrusted tie tack pick-up mic.The name might have been developed from the TV program Candid Camera in which covert video was filmed and jokes played on people who were covertly filmed for the TV show. At the end of the joke, old Allen Funt would tell the subject, "Smile Your On Candid Camera."

The Electra Candid Recorder measures a mere 7 1/2 inches long X 2 1/2 inches wide by 1 and 1/2 inches deep. The recorder is made of metal. It was quite a little gem for it's time! When we first obtained this recorder, there were a few index cards with hand written notes in the box that pertained to what was, at one time, on some of the tapes. The notes said stuff like:

"Telephone Conversation with Jeff's informant" and "Interview with Rat"

Back in those days, to record a telephone conversation you used a suction-cup mic that would stick onto the handset of the telephone. Below is a photo of the diamond tie-clap mic that came with the recorder.

 

Above is the diamond tie-clasp mic that came with with Electra Candid Recorder

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