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Questions Answered by N. R. Woodward

   Author of The Glass Insulator in America


Jack Goodew, Jr., Medford, N.Y. writes: 

I would like to know if you have any information on the type of insulator shown here. The front is embossed BROOKFIELD PAT.OCT.8-1907 There is no other embossing. Collectors and linemen that are familiar with this ...                    [more]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Jack H. Tod, NIA #13


Dear Jack: 

I bought these two insulators from an old man who retired from the power company 30 years ago and has had them ever since. He had hauled many of his insulators to the dump a couple of years ago. 

The suspension insulator is almost black metallic with orange and cream colored ...                    [more]


"Threadless Corner" -- U.S. Tel. Co.

   by Ray Klingensmith


With the consolidation of several companies in the mid 1850's to form the Western Union Telegraph Company, there seemed little doubt that nearly all the smaller companies would eventually be swallowed up by that fast growing giant. In the late 1850's and early 1860's independent telegraph companies reluctantly gave ...                    [more]


The Spool B.E.L. Co.



Dear Dora, 

Enclosed is a picture of a gem I picked up for three dollars at a flea market. 

The spool, embossed B.E.L. Co, rotates free on a wooden pin threaded on both ends and equipped with Brookfield signals. The pin and insulators rotate in ...                    [more]

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