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Jul 30

Air America China by The Central Intelligence Agency on Flickr.

Air America China by The Central Intelligence Agency on Flickr.

Elephant Counter by The Central Intelligence Agency on Flickr.CIA technicians invented and used this unusual device in the 1960s to keep track of the enemy in Southeast Asia. The mission was to count people and supplies moving down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam to South Vietnam along the borders of Laos and Cambodia. Many of the Laotian trail watchers whom CIA recruited could not read or write, let alone understand English. And so the device featured “pictograms,” such as symbols representing troops, trucks, motorcycles, carts, bicycles, tanks, cannons, small artillery, missiles, donkeys, and yes, occasionally elephants, a common beast of burden in Laos. Alongside each pictogram was a knob that could be set to a number, and then the data could be transmitted to an airplane by activating a toggle switch.

Elephant Counter by The Central Intelligence Agency on Flickr.

CIA technicians invented and used this unusual device in the 1960s to keep track of the enemy in Southeast Asia. The mission was to count people and supplies moving down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam to South Vietnam along the borders of Laos and Cambodia. Many of the Laotian trail watchers whom CIA recruited could not read or write, let alone understand English. And so the device featured “pictograms,” such as symbols representing troops, trucks, motorcycles, carts, bicycles, tanks, cannons, small artillery, missiles, donkeys, and yes, occasionally elephants, a common beast of burden in Laos. Alongside each pictogram was a knob that could be set to a number, and then the data could be transmitted to an airplane by activating a toggle switch.

Underwater Ice Station Zebra 41 — Trieste II (DSV-1) Diagram by The Central Intelligence Agency on Flickr.

Underwater Ice Station Zebra 41 — Trieste II (DSV-1) Diagram by The Central Intelligence Agency on Flickr.

Eva Gibson with mosquito powder and pot near cottage - Big Pine Key by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Eva Gibson with mosquito powder and pot near cottage - Big Pine Key by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Spectator at the Grand Prix race - Sebring, Florida by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.those glasses are a bit much

I love the wide brim hat behind with the Bermuda socks

Spectator at the Grand Prix race - Sebring, Florida by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

those glasses are a bit much

I love the wide brim hat behind with the Bermuda socks

Fishermen with Sawtooth sharks, tarpon, and Leopard rays: Miami, Florida by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Fishermen with Sawtooth sharks, tarpon, and Leopard rays: Miami, Florida by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

“I had been smart and had lost everything for being so smart. The experience was a valuable one. It taught me how little I knew” — Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets by Jim Rogers

Golfers at the Miami Biltmore Golf Club by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Golfers at the Miami Biltmore Golf Club by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Water toboggan at Miami Beach by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.
things were cooler & more fun before insurance companies & lawyers ruined it in the USA

Water toboggan at Miami Beach by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

things were cooler & more fun before insurance companies & lawyers ruined it in the USA

“Success in life is measured by the ability to anticipate change” — Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets by Jim Rogers

Jai-alai player leaps on the fronton - Dania by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Jai-alai player leaps on the fronton - Dania by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

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Cycling at the Breakers Hotel- Palm Beach by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.early BMX

Cycling at the Breakers Hotel- Palm Beach by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

early BMX

Koreshan boy with Sheepshead fish. by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.

Koreshan boy with Sheepshead fish. by State Library and Archives of Florida on Flickr.