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Telephone Company Badges

   by Jack Snyder


The telephone company badge is but one facet of a large grouping of badges referred to as occupational badges. This type of badge was worn by cabbies, peddlers, factory workers, etc. These badges were generally worn inconspicuously since their main purpose wasn't to convey power or authority, but served as a ...                    [more]


Insulator Advertisements



1927 to 1930
Part 2

Jeff McCurty of Millbrook, New York, has compiled this marvelous collection of original advertisements for insulators, related equipment, and power line structures. They were taken from copies of the "Journal of the American ...                    [more]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish, NIA #41


Robert Winkler has provided us with many fine drawings of pole line construction showing insulators and how they were used in different pole configurations. The drawings were a trademark for the Porcelain News column for several years. Robert has sent information (with the assistance of Ken Stefan) ...                    [more]


The Frederick H. Withycombe Story

   by W. Eric Halpin


As the research began for this article on Mr. Withycombe and his ridged insulators, I very quickly ran into a major stumbling block. To put it quite simply, very little is known about the man other than the following last Montreal telephone business directory listing in 1908:

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