White Bird Kite

by Sue
(Claremont, ON, Canada)


Q:

Hi Tim: My deceased husband purchased a 55" White Bird Kite, a unicorn while we were vacationing in California in the early 80's. I now wish I had taken a pic of the tiny kite shop that we bought it from, it was amazing.

My husband never flew it, it still is in the White Bird bag with a couple of spools and string. Family members are not interested in it including my older grandkids and wondering if you would know a collector of these kites who would wish to purchase it and enjoy.

I have checked EBay and Kijiji to give me some idea of its value but no results of anything similar. 'Judi' is the name of the artist on the kite!

A:

I have found an old website, possibly not updated since 2007, that lists a Deluxe Diamond from White Bird with the unicorn decoration. Apparently it was available in blue, red and purple. It sold for $25.50 then, but I am unsure of its current value.

Perhaps our resident White Bird expert Corgimas would care to comment? ;-)

As for collectors, I am not in regular contact with any - but there is a notable kite museum in Canada, whose owner once contacted me. You could see if he knows anyone - that's possible since he is more of a networker than myself... The museum itself houses relatively rare kites, so White Star Diamonds probably won't find a place there.

So, anyone out there interested in giving a good home to a mint-condition White Bird Diamond kite? Any collectors?

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Apr 07, 2019
Have two white birds
by: Joanna

I have two beautiful White Bird kites, signed & made in Ashland Oregon, which was home to White Bird Kites. I would like to sell them, both are in MINT condition with everything original. Call or email me if interested. Joanna 503 603 0311 (landline) kiteflyer123@hotmail.com I can send photos.

Mar 20, 2019
White Bird Kite for sale
by: Anonymous

I also have a White Bird Kite I would like to sell. Could you help guide me to the right market where I can share photos.

Thanks!

Dec 29, 2018
White Bird Kite
by: Shyam

Hi Sue,
Do you still have the kite by White Bird Kite?

I am a collector of this particular Kite and would like to purchase it from you.

Please email me directly at smarar@gmx.com

Thank you
Shyam

Jul 09, 2018
Double French Military
by: Kay Heath

For several years I have owned a Double French Military kite known as the "Rainbow Rider," designed by Laurel Lockman Young and Stephen C. Young. I've just discovered that I am missing the two spars that go across the back, and am looking for someone who can tell me (1) what size dowel to purchase, and (2) to what length each spar (there are to of them) should be cut. Not much up on computers; tried to send a message to White Bird on facebook, but am not sure it went through. Any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.
email: roguebears@aol.com

Mar 23, 2014
Tribute
by: Anonymous

Baby gurl, if you still have it fly that thing for you and for your (late) husband; let it soar!

Nov 27, 2012
55" Diamond...
by: Tim Parish

Erm... it's a 55" Diamond, not a 50' Dragon - although Sue did initially type in 55' by mistake!

Nov 27, 2012
White Bird Dragon
by: Corgimas

Yes... please feel free to give me a holler with details! rob AT windsweptkites DOT com

(I was a long time retailer and still a collector of White Bird's pieces!)

White Bird's 55' dragon kites retailed for ~90-100$ and in good condition should hold that value. Please shoot me a pic!

Good winds
r

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