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The Universal "Fire Plug" of Terre Haute, Indiana

   by Paul E. Mohrs


In 1906 a man by the name of Scotterman, with another man, established the Citizen's Independent Telephone Co. in Terre Haute, Indiana. Scotterman became vice-president until his partner's death in the mid 1930's.

As the story goes on the Universal insulator: Scotterman was out of town on ...                    [more]


Balloon Support for Telegraph Wires



Patent number 258,005 May 16, 1882

Title: Balloon (*) Support for Telegraph Wires, by William Beeson, Miles City, Montana Territory

For use where poles would be unsightly in the city, or over rivers. The bottom fixture is a street light.

(*) a metal gas filled balloon                                                                                                      ...                    [more]


Saulsbury Rubber Insulator

   by Gerald Brown


This semi-hard rubber insulator is owned by Ed Saulsbury, (he claims no relationship with the maker) of North Platt, Neb.

It would appear that this insulator would have been used UNDER the cross arm. (It reminds one of the SP 12 in Gerald Brown's Porcelain book)

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Reproduction Commemorative Insulator



This is a commemorative insulator made by Frank Miller of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in honor of our National Insulator Meets.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller attended the First National Meet in New Castle, Indiana, and we had the privilege of meeting them there. They also plan on being ...                    [more]


Insulators Abroad

   by The Traveling Lippincotts of Winnetka, Ill.


We are returning home in a few days from a trip abroad. I thought you might like to hear something of insulators on this side of the pond.

We picked up a car in Zurich and drove south along the west coast of Italy to Elba and Sicily, each of which we covered pretty well. At Bari we ferried to ...                    [more]


Rubber Insulators



Besides collecting porcelain, I am quite interested in composition insulators, especially the small rubber ones embossed CONTINENTAL RUBBER WORKS / ERIE PA. USA. So one day while looking through the phone book I noticed an advertisement for a Continental Rubber Works in Huntington Park. I then decided ...                    [more]

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