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Dead medium: the Pigeon Post
From: box2321@teleport.com (Trevor Blake)

Source(s): Reuters New Media, Monday, February 23, 1998, 10:33 AM EST

(((bruces remarks: Fossil media, alive and on the wing! This is exciting news. I for one would love to see the official seals and badges of the Orissa Police Pigeon Service.)))

"Pigeons to carry election messages

"NEW DELHI (Reuters) == Election officials in the eastern province of Orissa kept carrier pigeons ready to take urgent messages as India held the second phase of general elections on Sunday.

"Wireless services and telephones have still not reached some remote areas, where pigeons are used, the Press Trust of India (PTI) said.

"The trained birds of the Orissa Police Pigeon Service, the only one of its kind in the country, might carry election messages and information regarding law and order," it said.

"The news agency said the pigeon service was launched in 1946 with birds taken from the army after World War Two."

Trevor Blake (box2321@teleport.com)