photo collections

Photos from Laurel, Maryland


18th-century-cipher-device / 18th century device, perhaps the oldest cipher device with possible ties to Thomas Jefferson

confederate-cipher-disk / Confederate cipher disk, basically a weak Caesar cipher that does not scramble the alphabet

cray-research-xmp-24 / Cray Research XMP-24 supercomputer used at National Security Agency from 1983 to 1993

cray-supercomputer / Cray Research X-MP 24 supercomputer used at National Security Agency from 1983 to 1993

epic-clerks-2004 / 2004 summer clerks at the Electronic Privacy Information Center visiting National Cryptologic Museum

frostburg-connection-machine / Connection Machine CM-5 supercomputer once used at National Security Agency

hfdf-direction-finder / HFDF system including A/N PRD-1 Direction Finder, R395 Receiver, DY79 Dynamotor with range of 50 miles

japanese-enigma-cipher-machine / Japanese Enigma-type rotor cipher machine used in World II and typically made in Germany

jericho-with-cat / Jericho of with one of his three cats

laurel-office-cornerview / X-Act Telesolutions office at 320 Main St. -- but no Upstream Technologies

laurel-office-rear / Message Network, an X-Act affiliate, office in rear of 320 Main St.

national-cryptologic-museum / NSA notepads on sale at National Cryptologic Museum

national-security-agency-seal / National Security Agency seal

purple-japanese-cipher-machine / Remnant of Japan's so-called Purple diplomatic cipher machine

robot-arm-tape-cartridge / Look inside of StorageTek Automated Cartridge System (ACS), with robot arms manipulating up to 6,000 tape cartridges

siemens-geheimschreiber-ciper-machine / Siemens Geheimschreiber t-type 52D cipher machine

slave-quilt-secrets / Slave quilts apparently used to pass along secrets through the pattern of knots

storagetek-automated-cartridge-system / StorageTek Automated Cartridge System (ACS), with 6,000 tape cartridges storing a total of 300 terabytes

uncleared-facility-sign / Uncleared Facility, No Classified Talk, Remove Badges sign

uss-liberty-flag / American flag flown on Navy's U.S.S. Liberty ship during unprovoked, deadly and never throughly investigated attack by Israel in 1967


Declan McCullagh is a photographer who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His photographs are available for licensing and for purchase as signed custom prints.

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