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
insulator collectors, this magazine covers subjects such as book
club news, collector profiles, research articles on insulators and
companies, information on all insulators with bimonthly columns devoted
foreign and porcelain insulators, patent information, personal
material from the NIA, data on railroad, telecommunications,
show reports, and tips.
Also included is the classified ad section
"Crossroads", the marketplace in print where insulators and go-withs
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
something they've found. Magazine distribution is aproximately 1,300. Crown
of the Wire is published monthly.