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Banks Family

First issue was published March of 1969. 
Dora Harned of Chico, California began  the magazine and served as editor until May 1985.
Carol  McDougald of Sedona, Arizona edited the publication from June 1985 through December 2002.
Howard Banks of Lostine, Oregon becomes the magazine's third editor starting with the January 2003.

For over 34 years Crown Jewels of the Wire has been the leading publication for dispensing insulator information. Annual color inserts were added in the September 1986 issue, and the first full-color covers beginning with the January 1995 issue. In August of 1999, full color articles have been featured monthly. Dedicated to all insulator collectors, this magazine covers subjects such as book reviews, club news, collector profiles, research articles on insulators and companies, information on all insulators with bimonthly columns devoted to foreign and porcelain insulators, patent information, personal experiences, material from the NIA, data on railroad, telecommunications, reproductions, show reports, and tips. 

Howard Banks, Editor
David, Christa, and Linda


Also included is the classified ad section "Crossroads", the marketplace in print where insulators and go-withs can be advertised as wanted, for sale, or for trade. 

The "Coming Events" pages announce upcoming shows and sales. The "Reference Library" lists publications on insulators and go-withs. The "Letters to the Editor" section gives those inclined a chance to air their views, or to ask about something they've found. Magazine distribution is aproximately 1,300. Crown Jewels of the Wire is published monthly.

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