Friday, November 8, 2013

Kites



Another past time that you don't see too much with young people today is Kiting. Growing up, there were few things more fun than building and flying a kite. There were a wide range of options, from simple dime store kites that could be assembled in a few minutes to large, high flying, elaborate designs. The one shown above was being used to study wireless radio and telegraphy. 

8 comments:

  1. Neat old photo. Looking at the large bare field pictured, I wonder if it much harder for kids today for find the open spaces to fly kites. In the city and suburbs there are power and phone lines everywhere overhead (at least in this part of the country.) Most parks have some open space but a lot of trees as well. But in general I think kids don't do as many outdoor activities as in the past.
    -Anne K.

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  2. You know what I don't see kids doing much of anymore is building those plastic model cars. I used to love that! Glueing them together, painting them, etc. For birthdays and Christmas those were always near the top of my list. I'm showing my age but I used to play marbles. We play for keeps so when you loose, your marbles are gone until you get a rematch and maybe win them back. That's why you didn't want to pull out your best marbles unless you absolutley had to for fear of loosing them. Then we used to sit in our fort and read / trade comic books. Just make sure your home before the street lights come on right?

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  3. In Baltimore, the best place to fly kites is at Ft. McHenry. I see so many youngsters and their families (dads, mostly) running back and forth with various types of kites. Unfortunately, I am strictly a "Charlie Brown" kite flyer. Never, ever have I gotten one off the ground.

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  4. There were seasons for marbles, tops (the last time I saw anyone throw a top was about 1976 when my mother was 65 years old and did it on 1st throw), Lincoln logs, peg with our pocket knives in school no less and yoyos. As for Legos, they do not teach you the use of screw drivers and other tools. One other thing we used to make pop guns out of Elderberry sections (which have a hollow center) and made our plungers out of wood. You loaded a china berry in one and pushed it in about half way then loaded another berry and then you had a home made air gun. They quite a velocity, raised a quite a bump if you got hit. Yes we all lived over these things back when.

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    1. Your comment brings back a lot of good memories. Thank you.

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  5. I left out a couple of words in message above. But I think it is still readable.

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  6. My dad made home made kites out of butcher paper and twine.
    They flew ten times better then what you see today.

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    1. They sure did. One of the most fun things was leaving them (kites) up over night, About one out of ten times they would make it. And did you make the little paddle boats out of apple box wood with a rubber band and small paddle wheel or match stick for power. The match stick was used on our racing boats. Ran out of energy quick but was faster. We used apple box wood for many projects including furniture in the house.

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