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Homing pigeon in Germany (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

4 September 2023, Labor Day

On Labor Day, once I honor working birds, homing pigeons come to thoughts as a result of they’re keen to strive virtually something their keepers invent.

For hundreds of years homing pigeons made themselves extraordinarily helpful by carrying messages, particularly throughout wartime. The messages had been carried in a pack strapped to the hen’s chest or inserted in a message tube strapped to the hen’s leg.

Homing pigeon with message tube on its leg (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Then in 1907, German apothecary Julius Neubronner, who used pigeons to ship drugs, determined to strive aerial pigeon photography. He designed an aluminum breast harness and a light-weight time-delayed miniature digicam to suit on a homing pigeon. It labored so nicely together with his personal pigeons that he utilized for a German patent.

Homing pigeon carrying a single-lens camera, 1926 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

However, as Wikipedia explains, the patent workplace rejected his declare till he despatched them pigeon-made aerial images. They granted his patent in December 1908.

Aerial photos taken by homing pigeons (photo by Wikimedia Commons)

Pigeon images held nice promise for World Warfare I however was overshadowed by the invention of moveable dovecoats to enhance messaging and airplanes from which people might do their very own surveillance. So the fleets of camera-carrying pigeons simply didn’t take off.

Three homing pigeons with cameras (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

After World Warfare II the CIA briefly flirted with the concept of pigeon images but it surely, too, went nowhere. Now they’ve drones.

Recreational drone, July 2016 (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

I’m wondering if individuals notice that pigeons had been the unique drones.

Learn extra about Pigeon photography at Wikipedia. Joyful Labor Day.

(images from Wikimedia; click on on the captions to see the originals)

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