All Images are from the NPR Picture Show blog. Lawrence with the 49-pound “Captive Airship.” Courtesy of the Lawrence Family
Before drones (and projects like Dronestagram) were used for photographic surveillance, people relied on balloons, kites and pigeons. The camera in the above image was large enough to shoot large format film and required 9-17 kites to lift it.
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