The Micro 16 film camera was first manufactured by William R. Whittaker, Ltd. of Hollywood California starting in 1946.
“Smaller than a pack of cigarettes” and weighing less than 9 ounces, it could be hidden in the palm of the hand. While marketed as just the thing for family snapshots, the Micro 16 had obvious appeal to the private detective.
The May Company was the first local retailer to offer the camera for sale. At $24.50, plus $1.00 per roll of 16mm film (which included development of 12 prints), this high tech snooper’s aid didn’t come cheap.