Punch,  43 (1862), 89.

Crinoline Kites



News-Commentary, Drollery


Aeronautics, Technology, Gender, Gas Chemistry, Measurement, Amusement

    Discusses a Dover Chronicle report of a woman who was blown into the sea near Margate by a fierce wind being 'caught under her crinoline'. Explains how 'a lady' dressed in a large crinoline dress could be turned into a kite, an idea that will lead to boys being able to 'divert themselves by flying their sisters, and [their] sisters' young friends'. To avoid the 'ill consequences of a too rapid descent' suggests flying women 'over the sea a little clear of boats', and recommends that 'A young lady of a scientific turn, whilst enjoying an airing in the upper regions of the atmosphere, might also take advantage of her position to make barometrical and hygrometrical observations, and ascertain the quantity of ozone in that situation'.

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