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    Posted 3 years ago

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    This kite was included in a NAVY ww2 emergency communication transmitter. It was called a Gibson Girl as it was shaped so as to fit between a persons thighs. A crank was turned that would transmit a SOS signal.
    The antenna was a wire connected to the kite when there was wind. The kite structure was made of steel tubing that could be stored in the bag. assembled it was about 3 feet long and very sturdy.
    when there was no wind a balloon was inflated using a canister that produced hydrogen to inflate the balloon to about 4 feet diameter. The balloon was sealed in a can like was used for coffee in the 30's-40's.
    A light was also used at night. I had the entire set but sold the transmitter.
    I had 2 balloons and inflated one and let it go connected to a large roll of string. I did know that there was a break in the roll so off it went.

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