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Telegraph Pole Effigies



M. W. Hunter of Dubois, Pennsylvania, sent us the following small excerpt from Dictionary of American Antiques by Carl W. Drepperd, published by Award Books, New York:

"Telegraph pole effigies: In 1840's when telegraph poles were first set up in town and village streets, they were planed, painted, and surmounted with ...                    [more]


Research Division



About the inquiry by Harold Van Fleet concerning the feeder wire insulator (August issue, page 32), I can see a possible connection for the words "Johns Pat." with the name of the founder of the Johns-Manville Co., H. W. Johns. This first company was located in Hartford, Connecticut, which town ...                    [more]


The Paul Seiler Electrical Works, 1889-1916

   by Fritz Kettenburg


Paul Seiler obtained a patent for his insulator design in 1877. But has anyone heard of the Paul Seiler Electrical Works?

I was hiking on one of those beautiful Spring afternoons in San Francisco this year when I first learned of the Paul Seiler Electrical Works. I had come ...                    [more]


Telephone Signs

   by Bob Alexander


(Reprinted, with permission, from C.F.I.C. News, newsletter of the Central Florida Insulator Club.)

Telephone signs are fast becoming one of the most sought after "go withs" to add to ones insulator collection. Some of the signs are very hard to even get ...                    [more]


A Real Oddity



This insulator was being shown by Zachary Shamp of Indiana at the Berea Show. One could not call it porcelain but it appeared to be a crude baked clay material.

Notice that the wire which was a cable type copper wire, was fed thru holes in the sides of the insulator completely over the crown. It was not imbedded in ...                    [more]





Larry Larned of Hebron, Connecticut, sent in the following paragraphs from the April 1969 issue of Railroad Magazine:

"When the railroads were pushing the American frontier westward in the 1860's, the thundering buffalo herds were quite a problem in the maintenance of ...                    [more]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Jack H. Tod


Dear Jack:

I'm enclosing a shadow profile and dimensional data of a white Imperial I recently acquired. It's a Top Rest firing and a real different glaze for Imperial. Also has 4 large bumps on the surface under the glaze and 2 larger bumps on the inside of the skirt. Somewhat odd looking, as the bumps are smooth ...                    [more]

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