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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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Kite No 1

1880

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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1882

The same design appears in part two of 'The Kindergarten Guide' by Maria Kraus Boelte and John Kraus, which was published in 1882 by E. Steiger and Company in New York.

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1894

Kite No 2

A different design for a non-flying Kite, also developed from a windmill base, appears in 'Jeux et Occupations Pour les Petits: Guide des Mères et des Institutrices' by Henriette Suzanne Brés, which was published by Librairie Classique Fernand Nathan in Paris in 1894.

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1897

The same design appears in Lois Bates' 'Kindergarten Guide', which was first published by Longmans, Green and Co in London in 1897.

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