Toys of the Seventies, Puffer Kite

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PUFFER KITE,by wham-o I think, a kite that you inflated, and tied flew like a regular kite
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Gerry Fredricks - April 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I am the decendant of the founder of the puffer kite. I am searching for original kites in theis packaging for re-development. please contact me if you have an original Puffer Kite in packsging. Please contact Pigfarmerz@yahoo with info.
srfarmer - April 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Don't have one today, but sure remember them from my childhood. Easy to fly and boy did they every go high...out of sight!!! Probably early 70's. Remember the skycopters as well, you shot them up with a rubberband and then they floated back to earth, same principle as a maple seed.
krclark - August 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I was just thinking about childhood toys tonight and remembered how much fun I had w/ my puffer kite! I even remember the Saturday morning commercials vaguely... Mine came to an early end after a wresling match w/ a large elm tree! :^O
daddyrusso - September 15, 2008 - Report this comment
7/11 use to sell them. They went by far higher than any kite I ever flew. I am looking for one as to show my kids.
Dino - October 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Man, I remember those kites. I loved them as well as my Bat-kite. The puffer I dear most! Mine too end with tree, Pine Tree. :-( I wished it would come back. I would my kids to see one and own one.
hjohnson - October 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anybody manufacture these anymore? I would love to get a few.
Brad - January 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I have a Puffer Kite in a never opened package, made by Fredricks Corp, Chicago Did someone say they needed one?
James - February 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I might be interested in your puffer kite to fly with my kids.
Jon - February 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking for a Puffer Kite. Please email Thanks
dan - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I wanted one so bad but my parents wouldn't buy me one. Finally talked my grandma into getting me one. It flew great! first time right out of the box. It just kept going higher and higher until the spool ran out of string and it kept going higher until out of sight. I never saw it again. I always wonder how far it went. But boy was it fun until the string came off the spool!
Gerry Fredricks - March 06, 2009 - Report this comment
Hi everyone, I have been limited in my internet abilitites in the last year. I really appriciate the e-mails concerning the Puffer Kite. My family is excited that there is still some intrest in a long forgetten fad. I have aquired a few remaining kites through family members and am greatful for their efforts. hope to hav a small "scrapbook" page up and running soon with pictures and ads that I have been able to find over time. I have quite a few personnal pics I want to share. One kite in particular I am looking for is the five foot Swinger. This kite was so huge that it would lift me off the ground as a child. I hope to post a pic of my father with a seven foot model soon. Again thanks and will keep you posted.
Don Riegle - March 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember that the puffer kite was orange or yellow with some kind of swirl graphics. My mother bought me one at the grocery store in McLean VA and I was very excited about it.. that is all I remember - buying it... surely I popped it right away.. I was only about 4yo.:)
Donna - April 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I would love to purchase a Puffer Kite for my sisters birthday in June. Anybody have an orange one they want to sell please contact me at Childhood memories make the best gifts. Gave her a Mrs. Beasley doll several years ago and she loved it. Any info would be appreciated.
Dave Simons - May 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I still fly 2 of my puffers. They are the 5 foot tall super sized versions. They are wonderful kites. The first one is original when I was a kid, and it shows with all the patches. The second was a new old stock out of eBay a couple of years ago. Yes, they are scary in high wind for a light child. I remember having a dickens of a time bringing it down when the wind picked up on the farm I grew up on. I'm running 200# line on them because of that issue. I then purchased one of the small kites that were the yellow/red swirl pattern for my niece. She love it because it is so easy to fly. What a great set of products.
Keith Caughlin - July 21, 2009 - Report this comment
I had a puffer. Had to beg my mom for it. If you go to a site call first kites dot nl you can see a photo of a puffer kite.
Jeff Beaty - July 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone know where/how I can find one of these? My wife had one when she was a kid and I would love to surprise her....
Jackie Wolle - December 08, 2009 - Report this comment
I sure remember flying these kites with my dad, just to tease our dogs. I would sure like to find one for my dad
Kris - January 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Puffer kites! I remember getting them for birthday presents in the early 70's. One of mine ended up in Lake Superior and another met an early demise from a dog.
Chip Gelmini - January 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I just snagged a Swinger five footer bright orange new in the package on Ebay! WOW! I have the artwork - would the man who started this thread contact me as I would like to help.
Tim Odell - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
The patent is up on this fabulous invention and anyone could make a small fortune bringing it back to market. Might want to install some sort of video game to get todays kids to play with it. Or maybe just a video game wherein they fly the kite. Todays kids are allergic to the sun and fresh air.
Tim Odell - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
The Puffer kite was patented (#US 3.335.985) on August 15, 1967 by Albert D. Neal. A subsequent inflatable kite, The Sky Hunter, obtained a patent 8/28/75. Puffer was not the first inflatable. It was preceded by the Aero Kite patented 12/22/59.
KiteFAN - March 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Hey there all retro Puffer Kite Fan's. If anyone sees this thread during the week, I see one of the HUGE Orange model PUFFER's on EBAY !
Fawnet - March 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I'd love to see Puffer Kites again. They were so easy to fly, even a novice could have tons of fun with them. And I bet that today, there are much tougher, puncture-resistant materials to make them from. The old 1970's kites had the swirly, psychedelic look, and I bet 2010's Puffer Kites could be fitted out with techy-looking designs, plus battery-powered LEDs for night flying.
Teresa - April 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I wish they would bring them back, they are awesome. I also loved the old glass clackers, they were 2 colored glass balls on a string, so cool
Dave - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
One of my favorite toys as a kid. I had a huge ball of kite string attached to my puffer. There were many times my puffer was so high up i could not see it. I knew was still up there by the pull on my string. I loved that kite.
Teresa - April 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved my child hood, does anyone know where I can get a time machine:)
Norman - May 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I to was the proud owner of the puffer and did it fly high. the last flight was to about 1000 ft+ and then it got away. the last I saw of it was when the string got tangled in some trees and it sat there for 3 days befor it disapeared. You can loose the kite but not the memories.What fun!!!!
Dave - May 14, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved the Puffer Kite. I had a few of them. They flew very high. Had to let all of the string out to see how high it could go. In a strong wind look out they really could lift you off the ground. If someone would bring them back they w/b rich. I miss the Puffer Kite. Would love to have one to show my neices.
Auscubkelly - November 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Chain link fences and Puffer Kits did not mix very well.....LOL
Kitto - November 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I have an original Puffer kite unopened in its original packaging. Anyone interested? Description: Red/yellow/black strips made in USA pat number 3335985
Jim Sutton - November 18, 2010 - Report this comment
Since the puffer kite was patented by Albert Neal in 1967, how is Gerry Fredricks claiming to be a family member?
John C - NYC - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
My puffer went into a tree in Flushing Meadow park in 1970. I cried for 6 days. In 1989, I went back to Flushing Meadows.It was still in the tree about 150Ft in the air caught tightly between two large branches where the tree grew over it !! Sadly it was deflated !
Peter-St. Paul - March 27, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember getting a Puffer Kite for an Easter gift back in the early 70's. It was fun to fly it with the springtime wind. Great memories! - April 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I was a kite enthusiast from a young age through the late eighties. I think I got my first puffer kite in the early seventies and as a little kid they were disappointing because they never lasted more than one flight or so. I think this particular sub ten year old had a difficult time navigating the balance between full and popped when inflating. But after ten, it was a favorite because it would fly in any conditions. I was just searching to buy a couple for my nephews because I remember kite flying, at their ages, 4 and 7, featuring a lot of work and frequently ending in disappointment except for puffer kites and the Chinese paper kites that were basically long tails and definitely only good for one flight. Anyway, I never saw a Puffer kite except in the red/yellow/black stripes and in a single size. I agree with the person who said that they could be made in a different fabric, (mylar maybe?) and sell like hot cakes.
mike b - April 23, 2011 - Report this comment
hey gerry, i have a number of original puffer kites. unopened in orig. packaging. including the swinger, hoo dees, chek-oo,sky hunter, original. looking for other models that were made. how many were there?
Dan B - May 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I found a Puffer Kite today at a garage sale..will be listing it soon on is yellow with red squiggly lines outlined in black. it's been opened, but obviously never put together as it still has the stickers on the sticker sheet.
Gerry Fredricks - May 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I apologise for the previous comment I made regarding being a family member of the founder of the Puffer kite. Yes I know Albert Neal Invented the inflateable kite.A better choice of words in my previous comment would have been better. I have just been looking for addtional kites to add to my collection as they were a part of my childhood growing up in Illinois. The Fredricks Corporation was real and my father ran it for some time until it was sold to the Cambridge Corporation. Currenly I am a seeking large 5' tall "Swinger" kite and a few of the "Captin Carvel" Wing kites. Sorry for any confusion.
Albert D. Neal - July 16, 2011 - Report this comment
a kick out of all the blogs about the kite "PUFFER' which I invented. I told Bill Fredericks he could have all the glory and just send me the money which is about the way it went.The story behind its creation and developement would make a great book or movie but I won't go into it here. Great kite took a huge amount of time to develop it but turned out it was worth it. glad all had so much fun as I did as specially the big one was a magnificent flying kite
Pat Lamb - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a Puffer. It flew great and I ofter wonder why they are not made today. One day the string broke and it was by by because they float in the wind.
John Norris - September 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Unlike all of you I don't remember the puffer kite but I found a couple of them in an old store building today unopened.Im sure they where alot of fun I just enjoy collecting old things like this.Can anyone tell me the year they came out?I didnt come along until 1976.thanks in advance for any help.
Tammy Voss - June 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I had one, my mother had given me for my birthday. It was great!! Flew really well...never had a kite that worked better! Why doesn't someone remake those?
Tony Lee - June 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a puffer kite, but whenever it swung down to the ground (low wind, I guess), the neighbor kids bounced on it. It popped and I tossed it in the trash.
Susie - July 09, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was lillet, my Mom worked for that company and we used to put the sticker on that held the string! We got to keep all the rejects. We loved them.
MICHAEL COPLEY - September 19, 2012 - Report this comment
Tom Carl - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was a child I had a puffer and I kept adding string. My kite just kept getting higher and higher. It was so strong I had to tie it down because it would start pulling me up. I really wish they would have continued so my children could have enjoyed.
kelley - December 19, 2012 - Report this comment
my brother and I where just talking about puffer kites, we always wanted one as well but my parents never baught us one. I looked them up on line and here I am, with many other fans from the 70's. I would LOVE to buy some of them!
Bob - December 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I got one in 1971 from the white front store. flew it all spring and summer untill one day the string broke last i saw of it it was sailing high above portland oregon hope it went somewhere nice. alot of fun please make them again.
Deanna - January 08, 2013 - Report this comment
When I was 5-10 years old my mom worked for a company called DJ and she worked at home assembling these kites and of course all five of us kids and the neighbors had to partake in this. The used to come with a plastic tube you insert and then blow up. We had to fole them and put them into clear bags with the information on them. I will never forget putting together thousands and thousands of Puffer kites. that was such a big part of my child hood. brings back good memories
Ray - June 16, 2013 - Report this comment
I had one of these when I was 6 years old. My father bought it for me and we took it to McGuane Park in Chicago, where it promptly got stuck in a tree.
Lyons - June 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Have very different experience than most with these kites. I remember Puffers would fly Long and Low. Never very high but would use tons of string moving out across the neighborhood. The excess string would eventually bring it down - hard. They always got damaged and lost air. Puffer kites stink. Give me a Giant Bat-kite anyday.
Mike - September 13, 2014 - Report this comment
to the descendent of the founder: how is the redevelopment coming?
Jeremy - January 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I believe that this was the first kite my Dad and I ever flew together It just kept going higher and higher and then the string broke and it was gone I sure wish I could go back to that time and do it all over again I sure miss the 70's and the small town I grew up in I wish these kites were still being made so that my kids could enjoy them
Albert Neal - March 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I am the inventor of "Puffer Kite". Through a divorce I lost the few large kites I had. Anyone know where I can obtain one? Box 33 Fawnskin, Calif 92333 thanks
Brian Currie - April 04, 2015 - Report this comment
Yup... It sure was glorious till the last bit of string slipped from my hand... Before long it was a very small speck in the sky and seemed like MILES gone. There was an older person that I told after it happened who couldn't believe i let it go... He managed to retrieve it I believe but I can no longer remember it very clearly. Another Kid threatened to put a hole in it at one point and eventually it did have a very small puncture at one point. Funny how I have a clear picture of what the puncture looked like though. Probably from wondering how to fix it. An Ideal toy for an Ideal world.
John Lakosil - April 10, 2015 - Report this comment
Anybody have one to sell? I want very badly to fly one with my Dad on his 80th birthday. I will never forget the first time we flew one, I had never seen anything go so high. My dad had to fly it, I was afraid it would carry me away. Would mean a lot to me. Can use PayPal. Thank you!!
Cindy Rose - April 17, 2016 - Report this comment
I got a wild hair to look online to see if there were any pepper kite commercials posted as I was in one when I was little. The Fredericks were our neighbors. I know my mom has a 8 x 10 picture from the shoot. How cool!
Sue McLaughlin - April 25, 2016 - Report this comment
I have The Swinger Puffer Kite, brand new still in packaging (the 5 ft Orange one). Does anyone know how much they are worth?
Martha - June 17, 2016 - Report this comment
My father was a Vice President or a president of the Cambridge Corportation which sold and distributed puffer kites. Rodney Crawford. Our house was filled with hundreds of puffer kites, and every new model and iteration. I remember gluing the template packaging with him. Any information about The Cambridge Corp. and puffer kites appreciated.
Bob - May 19, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember the TV commercial for Puffer kites in the 1970's although I never owned one myself. I knew a lot of kids who asked their parents for a Puffer kite. Ah, memories!
Michelle - June 04, 2017 - Report this comment
Hi, I am searching for a Puffer Kite for my mother's 55th birthday. I have been looking for years to no avail. She has told me the story, many times, where she worked all summer for my grandfather to save up money for a puffer kite, the only thing she wanted. She finally saved enough to buy her beloved kite and waited for the perfect windy city day. Well, my adorable little mother did not realize that the string was not tied to the reel and when her puffer kite went it, it just kept soaring. 40 years later she is still heart broken. I am very eager to find a kite for her to fulfill her childhood dreams. If anyone is selling one or has any information, please send it my way. You can email me at Thank you!
H. Oliveira - May 15, 2018 - Report this comment
Hello I have a puffer kite and the swinger which I will be posting on eBay soon. Please checkout my posts. Thank you.
Rich - May 30, 2018 - Report this comment
I thought puffer kites were sooooo cool as a kid. Then I got one as an Easter gift in my Easter basket. Probably around 1972-74. They were cheap. Popped easily. Seemed they popped as soon as you opened them. Slow leaks. I remember the whit plastic tube to blow them up. Then you would wrap the plastic end shut to hold the air in. Cheaply made. Popped as fast as you opened them. I also remember a "fat bat" kite. Also a leaker.
Richard Clark - May 04, 2019 - Report this comment
Had a puffer kite in the early 70’s. Flew that think so high, I could barely see the tiny yellow speck. Then.....the string broke, never seen that kite again. Found a couple in a treasure Hunt store in Gulfport, Mississippi in 2000. Bought them both and still have the in the original package
Rich Petersen - September 22, 2019 - Report this comment
Had one in early 70's on the farm , great enjoyment ! Flew high enough I feared jets would hit it !!! Great times !
Alexis N - May 24, 2020 - Report this comment
Looking for a Puffer Kite for my mothers birthday! Please contact me at if you have one for sale! Thank you!
Richard madonia - September 09, 2020 - Report this comment
My father invented the first inflatable kites and have patent and he passed away and Wham-O came out with puffer kite and I’m looking for a puffer kite I’m Richard Madonia my phone number is 630-229-1150

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