1910s: The Perkins Man Carrying Kite Amanda September 9, 2012 1910-1919, Transport 1 CommentFavourited 1052 times Add to favourites Sources 1. US National Archives, 2-12. Boston Public Library One Response James September 9, 2012 The story behind the kite, according to sciencephotogallery.com. As the stalemate of trench warfare developed on the Western Front in the First World War, a variety of aerial reconnaissance methods were used to map enemy positions. These included aircraft and balloons. This is one of the giant man-carrying kites developed by Samuel Perkins, being tested at Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, USA. The kites were never used in action. In the first and third photo, the soldier riding the kite is Lieutenant Kirk Booth of the US Army’s Signal Corps. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.