A carrier pigeon being released from a British tank, c. 1918.The use of homing pigeons stretches as far back as 3000 years. Contrary to modern media depictions, each bird would only fly to one place, it’s home. They would then be transported to various locations that their home city would need to communicate with, and be sent back with a message as needed. Homing pigeons are still used today in emergency situations.
Photos taken by Dr. Julius Neubronner’s pigeon cameras
A pigeon carrying one of Dr Julius Neubronner’s patented miniature cameras, c. 1908. The shutter was tripped by a timing mechanism, and the aerial photos were developed into postcards.
Anciens bicycles. Paris, porte Maillot. 1906.
© Maurice-Louis Branger / Roger-Viollet
Augusta Victoria, placed in service in 1889 and named for Empress Augusta Victoria, wife of German Emperor Wilhelm II, was the name ship of the Augusta Victoria series and the first of a new generation of luxury Hamburg America Line ocean liners. She was the first European liner with twin propellers and when first placed in service, the fastest liner in the Atlantic trade. She was also the first luxury liner at Hamburg America, introducing the concept of the “floating hotel”; she had a rococo stairhall, illuminated by a milky way of pear-shaped prisms and naked light bulbs clutched by gilded cherubs, a reception court choked by palm trees and a dark and gothic smoking room. In 1897 she was rebuilt and lengthened and in 1904 she was sold to the Imperial Russian Navy, which renamed her Kuban.
”Leave this to us sonny - You ought to be out of London” 1939 Operation Pied Piper : The evacuation of civilians in Britain during the Second World War was designed to save the population of urban or military areas in the United Kingdom from aerial bombing of cities and military targets such as docks. Civilians, particularly children, were moved to areas thought to be less at risk.
Dancers from the First American Negro Ballet founded in 1937( via)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art
A neat glimpse of some old-school, black, trans* or drag performers in Austin, TX, October 7th, 1955.
Possibly taken at Ira Littlefield’s club, the I.L Club (“the ill club”) on East 11th St.
Photos by Neal Douglass. Source here.