Pigeon Camera

For the first time in World War I, cameras were used widely to photograph troops and fortifications. Intelligence officers studied the photos to gain information about the enemy’s weapons and armor, and to generate topographical maps. Pigeons outfitted with tiny cameras were released over military sites. As the birds flew, the cameras continuously clicked away, snapping pictures to be developed and interpreted when the pigeons reached their destination.

Back to Full Collection

Additional Objects

Briefcase Recorder

1950s

Courier Shoes with Container

1980s

M-94 Cipher Device

Circa 1922-1943