Publications

  • The common wisdom is that kites were unknown in black Africa, that is in the vast region south of the Sahara desert, until introduced some hundreds of years ago by occupying...

  • To the best of present knowledge, the word “kite” stems from the Old English “cyta,” meaning a bird of prey of the hawk family and distinguished by long...

  • It doesn’t seem possible, but Dr. Devinder Pal Singh Sehgal of Chandigarh, India, has managed to make kites so small they pass through the eye of a needle. The kites...

  • More than might be imagined, it is a commonplace for there to be conflicting claims regarding the primacy of invention in the field of kites, flight...and all inventions. These...

  • Terrorism in the Philippines has forced Orly Ongkingco of Manila to temporarily halt his research on kites throughout the archipelago. Ongkingco was the recipient of a grant...

  • Hashimoto was born in Hikifune, Mukojima, Tokyo, in l904. When he was four years old, his family moved to an area behind the Shimotani Shrine in Ueno. Having been born into a...

  • “There is a fascination in collecting kite stamps and first day covers.” The speaker is Scott Skinner, president of the Drachen Foundation and a leading collector...

  • Jim Day is one of the stalwarts of the Seattle kite scene. “He’s an example of a person who finds kites a perfect focus for his very bright, single focus...

  • We flew kites in the Easter season, but that often meant for as much as two months prior to Easter. Since I was in the city of Port au Prince, where there was little open space...

  • It is very remarkable how people pass by good inventions and good ideas and won’t take to them. Kites, for instance, have been known for hundreds of years. Everyone knows...