Pigeon postal system

Pigeons were regularly used for official and military communications, this type of postal system was established by the sultan of Baghdad (now in Iraq) in 1150

Date:
      1150
Occupation:
      sultan of Baghdad
Location:
      Baghdad


Additional Information:

  • Pigeon post – Wikipedia
    Pigeon post is the use of homing pigeons to carry messages. Pigeons were effective as messengers due to their natural homing abilities.
  • Homing pigeon – Wikipedia
    The homing pigeon is a variety of domestic pigeon (Columba livia domestica) derived from the rock pigeon, selectively bred for its ability to find its way home over extremely long distances.
  • Mail delivery by animal – Wikipedia
    Mail delivery by animals has been used in many countries throughout history. It used to be the only way to quickly transport large bundles of letters over long distances, until motorised vehicles became more widespread.
  • How Did the Pigeon Post Work? » Science ABC
    When you want to send a message to someone these days, all it takes is a few swipes of your finger on a smartphone, but we should all be aware of just how cool, world-changing, and modern this ability truly is.
  • The hallowed history of the carrier pigeon – The New York Times
    The attractive little Musée de la Poste in the Montparnasse neighborhood has for 20 years been showing objects related to the admirable French postal system — many, many stamps, of course, but also the story of mail delivery through the ages, as well as such objects as the metal pincer that until the mid-19th century held letters from plague-stricken regions while they were disinfected in boiling vinegar.

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