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Porcelain Insulator News

   by Jack H. Tod


This insulator is owned by Margaret McDermott (Lena, Ill) and we pictured it in the April 1976 column on page 20. At that time I stated it was probably an old style of link strain insulator (a fore of dead-ending insulator such as the O-B pork liver commonly seen). 

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Insulator Collector of the Month



Dear Dora, 

Enclosed is another newspaper article. If you can use any or all, please do. Thanks so much for putting the picture and my letter in your February issue. I have already received two letters from collectors here in Oklahoma (who read in Crown Jewels) as close as 50 miles away. I have found out ...                    [more]


The Magnetic "Egg" -- C.D. 700 and C.D. 700.1 (C.D. EGG and C.D. EGG.1)

   by Shirley Patocka


Arise, all owners of the magnificent Magnetic Egg! We who have one of these embryo pieces of telegraphic history in our collections are the privileged possessors of a truly special insulator! It was around away back in the days when Morse and his co-workers were trying to get the telegraph in a workable ...                    [more]


Patent Pages

   by Ray Klingensmith


The Combination Safety/Safty

This month, rather than a "patent", let's try a "patent applied for". The unusual insulator this month is the Combination Safety. The CD 139 has some unanswered questions concerning its date of manufacture, use, and ...                    [more]


"Threadless Corner -- The NY & ERR"

   by Ray Klingensmith


The story of the New York and Erie Railroad has an early beginning. In the latter part of the eighteenth century vast areas of what is now New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio, were wilderness. General James Clinton, a soldier and statesman, early saw the need for a means of travel from the eastern seaboard to ...                    [more]

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