To follow on my love of kite balloons, and the kite balloon action at the grassroots mapping list. here are a few awesome kite balloon histories.
No-tech magazine, Airships Past and Present, 1908. Look especially for details on Parseval and Sigsfeld, drachenballoon developers. There is an inflatable airship designed for logging. then in Belgium, horse-borne air war. In america, an early aircraft carrier with a** **balloon dome. Glamor shots reveal a counterweight in the rigging. The priapism of war.