Before Dronestagram…

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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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San Francisco Bay, 1906

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PIGEON CAM!
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A selection of images and pigeon cams | more about the origins, history and application | uses during war | The Pigeon Spy |