U.N.C.L.E. Communicators - When
secret agents on the spy spoof THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1964-68
needed to communicate with U.N.C.L.E. headquarters they used
miniature devices disguised in the casing of cigarette holders
and fountain pens.
Their leather cigarette-case radio communicator concealed a
small reel-to-reel tape recorder and a chrome silver cigarette
lighter acted as the antenna (another version contained a .32
Later a fountain pen communicator replaced the cigarette-case
communicators. It featured a two-tone/high-low alarm and was
made from aluminum tubing with a microphone grill on one end and
a tiny antenna on the other.
To operate the pen, an agent simply pulled the cap off the pen,
stuck it on the other end, twisted the stem to reveal the
antenna and then communicated by saying "Open Channel D."
On occasion, the pens did double duty a magnet in "The Concrete
Overcoat Affair;" as a bomb detector in "The Test Tube Killer
Affair;" as a knock out gas delivery system in "The Bat Cave
Affair" and as a container for amnesia pills in "The Nowhere
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