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Adalbert is a forum for me, to post ephemera, photography, poetry, occasional travel notes, and various spontaneous motions. Cover photo: Parsonage where my great-grandfather spent his early years. Taken near Liegnitz, Silesia, ca. 1870.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Alexander Graham Bell's Experimental Kites

Lara McCoy-Rolofson's Tumblr blog, from which I retrieved these photos, made me aware of Alexander Graham Bell's  experiments with kites, pursuant to human-piloted flight.  

And I include this site I found, not for the content, but for its having survived from the very early days of the World Wide Web (the site last updated 10/31/95). This is what the Web looked like when I first checked it out around 1996, which is why I mostly abandoned it for several years after.


  1. Once an inventor always an inventor. I didn't know he tried his hand at flying.

  2. Rob, I learned about this myself just yesterday. Those kites and towers he built were really unusual and intricate.