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Swimming by Kite

Swimming by Kite

Produced by a More Perfect Union for the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary’s traveling exhibition, “Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World.”

Source: Letter from Benjamin Franklin to Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg, 1773

Franklin ’s flair for technical ingenuity combined with his youthful love for swimming to produce “a method in which a swimmer may pass to great distances with much facility, by means of a sail.” Predating windsurfing by centuries, Franklin discovered he could harness the power of the wind with his kite and be pulled effortlessly across a mile-wide pond.

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