A 19-Year-Old Student Used Spy Camera To Capture Everyday Pictures Of People In The 1890s

Carl Størmer (1872-1957) had a very, very unusual hobby at the time. He walked around Oslo, Norway in the 1890s with his spy camera and secretly took everyday pictures of people.

“It was a round flat canister hidden under the vest with the lens sticking out through a buttonhole,” Størmer told the St. Hallvard Journal in 1942. “Under my clothes I had a string down through a hole in my trouser pocket, and when I pulled the string the camera took a photo.”