November 7, 2011

Collection Name: Cody Collection

Collection Number: 1559

Post Type: Photo/s

This item was entered by Matthew Sutton. They assume full responsibility for all content.

Creation Year: 1903

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Very large white Extended Wing War Kite referred to as the Viva kite. Note the vertical fairlead mast and train of lifter kites. The lifters include a stub wing kite as well as a War Kite. Lela Cody in wicker kite chair. There is an uncorroborated story that while Lela was airborne she called out to Cody to get her down. However Cody remarked that she talked too much and she could just as well stay aloft! Viva Woman of War was a Cody theatrical production that was first produced in December 1903, however this kite appears to have been used in the Naval Kite Trials of April 1903. Group including 198, 439, 440. Similar image, along with an article entitled " A new lady aeronaut" appeared in Lady's Pictorial June 4th 1903

Geographic: United Kingdom

Materials: Bamboo, Cotton, Dowel

Significance: Historical

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