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An advertisement in Life (Sept. 30, 1946): 28, announced that the “sniperscope and the snooperscope are two wartime developments of RCA Laboratories in co-operation with the U.S. Army which are now being converted to civilian, industrial and police uses.” This example came to the Smithsonian from the National Bureau of Standards. A tag on the power pack reads "CORPS OF ENGINEERS / U. S. ARMY / SNOOPERSCOPE, M-1 / ELECTRONIC LABORATORIES, INC., / INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA U. S. A. / E.B.P.O. No. W-44-009-ENG. 105 / DATED 12-17-43.” A tag on the telescope reads "Telescope, T120 / stock no. FI-7578407 / Serial No. 1324."
Ref: “Army Discloses Secret Weapon: Sight At Night,” Chicago Daily Tribune (April 16, 1946), p. 1.
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Electronic Laboratories
overall; sniperscope in case: 17 1/8 in x 15 in x 9 3/8 in; 43.4975 cm x 38.1 cm x 23.8125 cm
overall; battery: 3 1/8 in x 9 1/2 in x 9 3/8 in; 7.9375 cm x 24.13 cm x 23.8125 cm
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