Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

 

 
Paper Kites (Non-Flying)
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of non-flying paper kites. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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A design called 'Le cerf-volant' (the kite) appears in a list of designs in the 'Manuel Pratique de Jardins D'Enfants de Friedrich Froebel, which was compiled by J F Jacobs and published in Brussells and Paris in 1859. There is no illustration of this design and it is not possible to be certain what design was intended here.

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A design for a kite folded from a windmill base appears in 'The Kindergarten Principle' by Mary J Lyschinska, which was published in London in 1880 by Wm Isbister Ltd.

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The same design appears in part two of'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was published in 1881 by E. Steiger and Company in New York.

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A different design for a non-flyoing Kite, also developed from a windmill base, appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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