#ColdWitch History Lessons Featuring The Witch Who Came In From the Cold

Rectal Kits, Cyanide Spectacles, & Lipstick Guns: Even More Cold War Era Spy Gadgets

James and Jane Bonds of the world, eat your heart out.

From camera-donning pigeons and robotic fish to exploding paint sets and code-breaking compacts, our #ColdWitch research journey has introduced us to some amazingly inventive spy gadgets. But wait…there’s more! As any real agent knows, inconspicuous accessories are some of the most important gear a spy can carry. Now, who can truly say they’ve never dreamed of owning a gun disguised as lipstick? James and Jane Bonds of the world, eat your heart out. (Though, we have to say, we would definitely hard pass on the rectal Houdini kit!)

The Kiss of Death:
For the spy-op gone bad, or simply for any Natasha Fatale who found herself out to dinner with the date from hell, this Cold War-era KGB lipstick gun delivered the kiss of death with a single 4.5mm shot.


Tree Stump Bug:
In the early 1970s, U.S. intelligence agents concealed a bug in an artificial stump and planted it in a wooded area outside Moscow to eavesdrop on radar and communications signals of a Soviet missile system.
The intercepted signals were stored and then transmitted to a satellite passing overhead, then passed to a ground site in the United States. The top of the stump appeared to observers to be opaque, but was actually transparent so that sunlight could filter through and charge the device’s solar batteries.
The KGB eventually discovered the bug.


Cyanide Specs:
Choosing death over torture, a captured spy in the 1970s could chew on the tip of these CIA-issued spectacles to get at a cyanide pellet hidden inside.
Seriously Savage Rectal Houdini Kit:
It’s a toss-up which would be worse, getting caught by the enemy or having the cap on this rectal escape kit pop off unexpectedly in a spy’s caboose. The kit was issued by the CIA in the 1960s.

Take a look at the rest of these awesome espionage accessories here.

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