Minifon Watch Microphone, 1950's
And Minifon Pocket Wire P-55 Kit
You are looking at photos of a state-of-the-art high end microphone built
into a watch from the 1950's. The Minifon watch microphone was an optional
accessory with the Minifon
recorder. The watch microphone was a highly popular accessory with private
investigators. The cord would have to go up one's arm and then down the
body to the body harness for the Minfon. Talk about "wearing a wire"
this was it! However, by today's standards, since the wire stuck out from
the end of the watch; it just would not be considered very covert. This
system was used by private investigators, undercover law enforcement and
spy organizations throughout the world in the 1950's. Below are some close-up
photos of the famous Minifon watch microphone.
For Large Bigger Than Life-Sized Image
The Minifon Watch Microphone Looked Like An Expensive Watch. In Fact,
Time; It Was An Expensive Watch With A Covert Microphone Built Into It
With The Portable Minifon Recording System. During this era, parts were
Not Standardized And Could Not Be Used With Other Systems Or Brands. Just
Had To Purchase Wire Pools From The Same People That Made The Recorder,
Only Obtain The Watch Microphone From The Minifon People.
Watch Microphone With A Standard Minifon Wire Recorder. The Recorder
Actually Recorded To A Wire Spool. The Minifon Recorder Was One Of The
Most Popular Tape Recorders For It's Era And It's Sales Was Highly Successful.
You Can Review Several Pages Of The Minifon Recorder By Clicking
As you can see,
by today's standards, the Minifon Watch Microphone would not be
considered very covert as the wire stuck out from the side of the watch.
The Idea Was That The Watch Would Just Barely Stick Out Of One's Shirt
Cuff And The Wire Would Be Hidden By The Rest Of The Cuff! God Forbid
If Your Shirt Happened To Slide Up A Little!
An even "minier"
version of the Minifon called the P-55. A Special Kit Marketed To Espionage,
Intelligence, Spy Organizations and Private-Eyes (If You Could Afford
One!) With The Watch Microphone. Note That This New Updated Minifon Recorder
Was Even Smaller And Designed For Covert Use.
The P-55 Pocket
Wire Minifon was a wire recorder only in a special kit. You could not
play back anything on it. However, it was much smaller than the regular
Minifon. The kit consisted of the
P-55 Pocket Wire Recorder, a regular Minifon for playback and several
Pages On The Minifon Portable Wire Recorder
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