Dr Julius Neubronner’s Miniature Pigeon Camera

In 1908 Dr Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism. The invention brought him international notability after he presented it at international expositions in Dresden, Frankfurt and Paris in 1909–1911. Spectators in Dresden could watch the arrival of the camera-equipped carrier pigeons, and the photos were immediately developed and turned into postcards which could be purchased.

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  • Darcey

    All of the pigeons wearing cameras in these pictures are dead… and I don’t mean now, I mean they were dead when the pictures were taken… they’re stuffed. As a taxidermist and pigeon fancier who has mounted many pigeon skins, I can tell.

    • adam

      Yes I think you are right, definitely for the 2nd and 3rd photographs. The 2nd photo seems to be a cut out from a pigeon mounted on a board – perhaps this same one here from a photo featured in an exhibition at Bletchley Park.

    • lester

      clearly youre just jealous of this guys ability to get pigeons to pose for pictures