The Pigeon Ring Necklaces by Chinny Chin Chin are a clever re-use of those pigeon “leg bracelets”. They’ve been turned into necklaces, each one comes with a formal portrait and personal profile which lists pigeon “Likes & Dislikes” such as:
Likes: Pecking his owner
Dislikes: Missing a meal
Makes you reconsider pigeons as having more personality than we give them credit for, a little more pet worthy than pesty.
I’ve always wanted to visit a pigeon fancier - is that what you call a breeder? I think the homing pigeon is pretty cool. There has been discussion on the Artistamp Mailing List about using homing pigeons in a mail-art project. There’s a great article here concerning Barrier Island’s use of pigeons to carry correspondence over water. There were even officially produced postal stamps, cancellations and pigeon-grams.
During world war II, pigeons were in service carrying messages over enemy lines. After the war the birds Irish Paddy and American G.I. Joe both received the Dickin Medal, and were among 32 pigeons to receive this medallion, for their gallantry and bravery in saving human lives with their actions.
Pigeons actually received war medals? You gotta love Wikipedia!
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