Pricey Pigeons: 1937

Pricey Pigeons: 1937

Description with photo: "Passenger pigeon eggs at $300 a piece. Washington, D.C., Dec. 1. Since the last passenger pigeon in existence died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914, the eggs from the now extinct birds have become so scarce that G. Ellis Miller, of this city, is asking $300 a piece for the three perfect ones in his possession--with no takers. The eggs were left to Miller by his Grandfather from a collection made 75 years ago--when the birds flew in flocks that darkened the sun and broke branches off trees when they roosted en masse. Marjorie Beall, biology student at George Washington University, is shown studying the eggs which are kept in a display with carved birds and other eggs, 12/1/37." Harris & Ewing, photographer. Old photo provided by LOC. Original Medium: glass negative.