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Author Topic: Into The Wind catalog....Nineteen Ninety One!!!  (Read 2450 times)
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« on: February 11, 2013, 08:50 AM »

Just wanted to put it out here that I just uploaded a pdf of the 1991 ITW catalog.   It is pretty cool to see this (at least to me) information, pricing, options, items etc...
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« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2013, 10:28 AM »

That's awesome!  This reminds me I have a pile of these from the early 90's somewhere in a box.  I'll need to find them!
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« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2013, 10:40 AM »

find them!!!!   i have a bunch more to do.....
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« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2013, 11:20 AM »

1991 ITW catalog. 

Cool!

Kinda makes you realize how little things have changed in 22 years.
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2013, 11:43 AM »

oh yeah!!!!!!!
This catalog is from before my time in kites....i might have found it listed in the back of a magazine and requested it but was not into the kite world yet....but i do have a bunch of them so will scan more in....only took about 20 minutes so not too bad...and since my guys are not fishing right now i am just sitting around the office Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2013, 12:30 PM »

Mike (KiteKing) was working on permission to scan and post his collection, guess it never came to fruition. Thanks, there was a wealth of information in those as well as nostalgia for all those kites I dreamed about back then.


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« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2013, 02:06 PM »

I come across some of my old ones from time to time, but I don't think I have that one. What amazes me are the prices, they haven't changed too much in the last two decades. I used to drool over those duallies, but couldn't afford them back then.
The amount of interesting kites is also impressive, I'm hoping the 2013 catalog exceeds expectations of recent years...
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2013, 02:40 PM »

yeah..this catalog had 70 pages....
the 2012 catalog had 47
the 2011 had 63 pages....
i agree that it will be VERY interesting to see what is in the next one...
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« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2013, 02:46 PM »

I thought they stopped printing a catalog a few years ago.
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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2013, 02:58 PM »

no..they did however apparently wipe out their mailing list...i had to resign up for it.....
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2013, 03:16 PM »

The last couple of years were OK, but there are never enough duallies for me, I would prefer more kites and less flags, banners, spinners, etc. I think the new Manta will be a must have... So sorry I missed getting any real Focus kites, but I'm glad there's something almost as good still available.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2013, 05:08 PM »

2013 catalog is 47 pages. Skate XXL is on the cover. Came today in the mail.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2013, 07:05 PM »

This is very interesting to say the least.  I still have my original Sky Claw with 150' Kevlar lines, flew them at the beach in August.  I also received a six stack of nylon Trlbys for Christmas 2012.  Great to see them in an old catalog with the description & pricing.  Please do more.  I would like to know more about my Premier Aerosport from back in those days.  Still a great high wind kite.  The hand cut vinyl fittings date it to the early days.  Recently replaced the bungee cords, all else is original, still flying.

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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2013, 08:34 PM »

That does bring back memories for me.   I and my family must have looked through that catalog about 100 times

I think that was the oldest I kept  . . . until I got rid of my collection.   Cry

Do you remember which year had Martin Lester's "Legs" kite on the back cover?  That was the first ITW catalog my family got, and we received it every year until about 2002.

On other notes, I found it a bit amusing how the North Shore Radical had "everything", including an all-carbon frame and standoffs.  Is there any hard-framed delta stunt kite that hasn't had standoffs in the past 15 years?

But, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  It is very interesting to see how the various categories of stunt kites have basically kept their price points. 

And yes, I was disappointed with the last few years' catalogs that I received that seemed to become devoted to flags and banners.  Some were pretty, but none were exciting like a stunt (or even fighter) kite.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2013, 11:51 PM »

Jackpot!  Well, I guess for once it has paid to be a pack-rat.  So how much free time do you have Rob?  Wink

I found all my catalogs:



Probably 50-60 catalogs, flyers, etc. dating from 1989-1999.  Turned out to be more than I thought.  Grin  I'm going through them right now to see what all is there, but some highlights are ITW 94-99, GWTW 96-97, 96 Prism catalog, 96-98 BFK, 96 Shanti, 94-96 GFAK, 89-94 Windborne, 93/94 Catch the Wind, various Kitty Hawk Kites and many more.  Also found a bunch of old AKA stuff including some books and Kiting magazine 94-96.  I'll have to take these with me tomorrow and put them into an Excel spreadsheet.  There's quite a few!

Now that I see all these again it really brings back the memories.  I recall I had this weird impulse to get as many kite catalogs as possible back then.  Sure I was a broke-a** kid and couldn't afford many of the kites, but it was still fun to collect the catalogs.

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