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Pigeon Mail: as an American photographer in the 80’s, he overtook the security ban and managed to send pictures to the deadline

In the Internet era, this problem does not exist.

Foster Marshall Screenshot from The Florida Times-Union video
Foster Marshall Screenshot from The Florida Times-Union video

On January 1, Foster Marshall passed away for 40 years as a full-time photographer in the daily The Florida Times-Union. In the obituary, telling about his life and career, the publication shared a remarkable story about the inventiveness of the photographer.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan visited the naval base in Jacksonville to attend a memorial service for the 37 sailors who died in the Persian Gulf. The day before it became known that the security service would restrict all sorts of movements to and from the base as long as the head of state was there. This restriction made it impossible for the photographer to deliver footage on time.

Marshall found a way out – he instructed the staff to find a dovecote in the city. They managed to find a man named Robert Bernard (Robert Bernard), who kept the carrier pigeons and lived in Jacksonville.

A special capsule was attached to the paw of the pigeon, and Marshall managed to carry the bird to the base – in a box with ventilation holes hidden under the jacket. After taking a photo of the service and Reagan, walking down the plane with his wife, the photojournalist put the film in the capsule and released the pigeon. He flew home, and there the employee of The Florida Times-Union was already waiting for him.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan Photos by Foster Marshall
Ronald and Nancy Reagan Photos by Foster Marshall

Foster Marshall passed away from complications caused by pneumonia. He was 83 years old.

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