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A Brookfield - Dwight Pattern Connection?

   by Robert Floyd


ITEM: C.D. 143 DWIGHT // PATTERN, on top of dome, split base, light aqua. This has been seen in the vicinity of the dome top on the following insulators:

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Ma Bell's Place

   by Vic Sumner



As I dipped into my bag of memories recently, I recalled a tale that might give you an inkling of what it was like to be a fair maid just entering the workaday telephone world of the late 1800's.

Our story begins in 1879 at the telephone office located on the second floor ...                    [more]


Removing Insulators From The Crossarm

   by Dennis Ward


It is hard to believe that all insulators have been found, so I went out and bought a telescopic pole and bolted an oil filter cringe tool to the end of the pole. Then I wrapped tape around the end of the oil filter ring so I wouldn't scratch the insulators. It fits over the insulators just fine while they are on ...                    [more]


Bea Lines

   by H.G. "Bea" Hyve


This tins "Bea Lines" is interviewing one of the hardest-working ladies in our hobby, Marilyn Albers of Houston, TX. I think it is also fitting that I write about her next, because she is the other half of the highly successful team that gave us the Seldom Seen Display last summer at Saratoga ...                    [more]


Shattered Dreams

   by Tom Wisser


Did you ever dream about coming across thousands of insulators just thrown in heaps and mounds and 50 gallon drums? Add to your fantasy piles of cobalts, purples, olives, greens in all CD's including Castles, E.C.&M.s, Columbias and threadless of all shapes and sizes.

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Paint Pot or Grease Pot ??

   by George Hanson & Bob Reyburn


This article is a compilation of correspondence which took place between Crown Jewels of the Wire reader, Bob Reyburn, a retired employee of the Southern California Edison Company and the owner, George Hanson, of the Salisbury "paint pot" described in the November, 1986 (page 3) issue.

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Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish, NIA #41


We last published an updated list of the known Pittsburg date control markings in the February 1986 issue of CJ. A number of new reports have been made by observant collectors. We will continue to track these reports and will add them to the list with the hopes that someday we will have enough information ...                    [more]


Removing Cemented Pinhole Pins

   by Rick Soller


I remember reading that muriatic (hydrochloric) acid could dissolve the cement surrounding metal pins but I don't remember how long it takes. I picked up a large insulator from the local power company in November, 1986, and immediately started the acid working while I started to wait.

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