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Kite Flying
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Kite Making
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Altitude

 

 


Balloon Kite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Box Kite, Pyramidal

 

 

 


Box Kite, Rectangular

 

 

 


Box Kite, Square

 

 

 

 

 


Box, Square with Wings

 

 

 

Box, Triangular Wings

 

 

 


Triangular Box Kite

 

 

 

 


Boy Kite

 

 



Butterfly 1

 

 


Butterfly 2

 

 



Cannibal Kite

 



Cross

 

 

 

 


Dragon Chinese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dragons & Fish

 


Eddy

 

 

 


Elephant

 

 

 


English

 

 

 

 


Filipino

 

 

 

 


Fish

 

 

 

 

 


Fisherman

 

 

 

 

 


Flying Machine

 

 


Frog 1

 

 

 

 

 

 


Frog 2

 

 


Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hargrave

 

 

 

 


Imp

 

 

 


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Luna Kite

 

 



Malay

 

 


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Maly Triple

 


Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Messengers

 

 

 

 


Military

 

 

 


Moving Star

 

 

 

 



Owl 1

 

 


Owl 2

 

 

 


Pennants

 

 

 

 


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Shield 1

 

 

 


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Star

 

 

 


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Star, Belly-Band

 

 



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Turtle

 

 

 


Useful Info

 

 

 


Wagon

 

 

Where to Fly
Wind
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Woglom

 

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Fig. 25
Kite Making Time
.
Though marble time can't always last, 
Though time for spinning tops is past, 
The winds of March blow kite time here, 
And April fools' day, too draws near.

By Dan Beard

Kite making time begins with March, or used to when the writer was a boy, in Cincinnati. Even the blustering March wind must be weaker in the Ohio River Valley than here on the coast. If someone had imported an ordinary New York kite into Ohio and shown it to the boys there they would have told him to go and get a shingle and it would fly better, but now the author must modify his judgment and admit that the heavy sticks and apparently careless pasting on the Atlantic-coast kites are necessary to give them strength to brave the gales from off the ocean. In place of the twine used in New York we flew our kites with cotton thread, and it was only an extra large kite that required white cotton string. The dainty tissue-paper covered kite, with its framework of delicate match sticks that is used in the interior of our country, would be wrecked by the first blast of the boisterous March wind on the coast.

Grave professors and men of dry scientific minds often take to boys' sports in a heavy, ponderous fashion, and try to demonstrate some pet theory of their own by means of the boys' playthings. Old Ben Franklin did not think it beneath his dignity to fly a kite. Had Benjamin consulted the modern American boy he would have been told not to use the European bow kite, but to take the coffin-shaped or American hexagonal kite for his experiment, or one of the tailless kites that have lately become so popular with grown-up scientific kite flyers.

Kite Making from Outdoor Handy Book

It is a pleasant sensation to sit in the first spring sunshine and feel the steady pull of a good kite upon the string, and watch its graceful movements as it sways from side to side, ever ran mounting higher and higher, as if impatient to free itself and soar away amid the clouds. The pleasure is, however, greatly enhanced by the knowledge that the object skimming so bird-like and beautifully through the air is a kite of your own manufacture.

I remember, when quite a small boy, building an immense man kite, seven feet high. It was a gorgeous affair, with its brilliant red nose and checks, blue coat, and striped trousers.

As you may imagine, I was nervous with anxiety and excitement to see it fly. After several experimental trials to get the tail rightly balanced, and the breast-band properly adjusted, and having procured the strongest twine with which to fly it, I went to the river-bank for the grand event.

My man flew splendidly; he required no running, no hoisting, no jerking of the string to assist him. I had only to stand on the high bank and let out the string, and so fast did the twine pass through my hands that my fingers were almost blistered.

People began to stop and gaze at the strange sight, as my man rose higher and higher, when, suddenly, my intense pride and enjoyment was changed into something very like fright.

The twine was nearly all paid out, when I found that my man was stronger than his master, and I could not hold him! Imagine, if you can, my dismay. I fancied myself being pulled from the bank into the river, and skimming through the water at lighting speed, even for, in my fright, the idea of letting go of the string did not once occur to me. However, to my great relief, a man standing near came to my assistance, just as the stick upon which the twine had been wound came dancing up from, the ground toward my hands. So hard did my giant pull that even the friend who had kindly come to the rescue had considerable trouble to hold him in. The great kite, as it swung majestically about, high in the blue sky, attracted quite a crowd of spectators, and I felt very grand at the success of my newly invented flying-man; but my triumph was short-lived.

The tail made of rags was too heavy to bear its own weight, and, breaking off near the kite, it fell to the ground, while my kite, freed from this load, shot up like a rocket, then turned and came headlong down with such force, that dashing through the branches of a thorny locust tree, it crashed to the ground, a mass of broken sticks and tattered paper. Although the sad fate of my first man-kite taught me to avoid building unmanageable giants, the experiment was, a the whole, satisfactory, for it proved beyond a doubt that it is unnecessary to follow the conventional form for a kite making so that it will fly.

Kite Making from American Boy's Handy Book

 

 

   

 

 


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