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An ”Outdoor Book for Boys” from 1907 on Gutenberg got a chapter about kites: Harper’s Outdoor Book For Boys, Joseph H. Adams, 1907 https://www.gutenberg.org/files/53705/53705-h/53705-h.htm#chapter_viii Perhaps a kite builder could find any inspiration from the detailed figures (in clarity often outperforming many modern photos IMO): About these 13 - 15 ft Maui kites: ”It would glide about in graceful curves or dart suddenly towards the ground only to soar upward just as suddenly”. The text didn’t say if they were fighter kites or not though. Also, very easy to relate to: