02 July 2013

Homing Pigeon Photo Addendum

After last Friday’s blog post, Homing Pigeon Navigation, I thought you’d appreciate homing pigeons as aerial photographers. Dr Julius Neubronner patented a pigeon camera in Germany in 1908 and demonstrated its use at various European expositions--even producing airphoto postcards.

Although homing pigeons were kept busy conveying messages during both World Wars, their use for collecting aerial photography was at least tested during the First World War (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_photography).


Pigeon camera after Dr Julius Neubronner.
(publicdomainreview.org/2011/08/09/dr-julius-neubronners-miniature-pigeon-camera/)
Pigeon cameras ready to go.
(publicdomainreview.org/2011/08/09/dr-julius-neubronners-miniature-pigeon-camera/)
Pigeon camera from German Federal Archive photograph.
(commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-R01996,_Brieftaube_mit_Fotokamera_cropped.jpg)

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