By Katherine Massopust
PERTH AMBOY — A collection of vintage spy gear which was used from 1940s to 1980s is now on display at the Kearny Cottage, 63 Catalpa Avenue in Perth Amboy. The collection is on loan from local enthusiast Andrew Dunyak. His collections range from spy gear, cameras, Apollo Space Mission items, WWII military memorabilia and maritime antiques.
Dunyak began collecting “spy gear” around 1982 and his collection is ever increasing. One of his items featured in the display is a Minox camera in which spies used to take photos of documents. It is unique because of its small size (good for spies) and the ability to photograph documents. When asked, one of his favorite pieces is a 1970s style digital watch that is actually a camera, which was used in the 1970’s by cold war agents. He also has a pinhole video camera, the type used by the FBI.
“I was always fascinated by James Bond and the gadgets used and the true spy thing. The stories, tools, etc.,” he said
Included in Dunyak ‘s collection (but not on display) is a 1964 Amphicar which was the same model featured in one of the early James Bond movies. “It was the only ever mass produced civilian amphibious vehicle,” he said.
“I am interested in how things work,” Dunyak said. “I don’t collect for the value of items. I collect for what I like. I am always looking to add to my collection.”
Other items on display at the cottage are a Russian cold war night vision scope, a Geiger counter, a voice recorder with extended recording time to last up to twelve hours and many more items.
In February for Black History Month, the cottage will feature a display of items from the 6888 Black Wacs from Addie M. Demby, U. S. Army Private First Class. Demby served with the 6888th, the only group of black women to serve overseas during World War II.
Local spy enthusiast Andrew Dunyak looks at the display of his collection at featured at the Kearny Cottage. Photo credit: Paul Wang
President Vilma Novak, Andrew Dunyak, and Vice-President Paul W. Wang in front of spy gear display at the Kearny Cottage. Photo credit: Katherine Massopust
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