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100-Years-Ago, Pigeons Were the First Aerial Photographers

Yasha Wallin

Although pigeons nowadays are largely regarded as grubby urban pests, in the not-too-distant past, their service to mankind was much loftier indeed. Not only were these hardy birds used to swiftly carry important messages and materials across great distances, for a brief stint at the turn of the last century, an elite group of camera-wielding pigeons also became early pioneers of a then burgeoning field: aerial photography.

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