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20 Years of Collecting in Ontario

   by John Badowski


In Thorald, Ontario, there is a Grand Trunk Railway tunnel which winds in an "s" shape for one mile beneath the Welland Canal. The tunnel was abandoned prior to World War One and is now flooded due to leaks from the canal. 

In 1971, I ventured through the tunnel during a cold winter season when ...                    [more]


Frederick Newton Gisborne, 1824-1892

   by Eric Halpin


The somewhat plain, white and moderate in size, porcelain insulator U-1135 bears the dome incuse words "Gisborne Pattern." Such a humble insulator belies the significance of the great man of enterprise and energy who designed it.

Born into a well to do family in England, Frederick Gisborne was extensively ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   by Marilyn Albers



Several of us have already met FRANTISEK DANEK through the mail, but in case you haven't, let me introduce him to you. He is a young man of 38 and he lives in a small village called Dvoriste about 60 miles southeast of Prague, ...                    [more]


Beneath Nevada's Sage and Sand

   by Mike Tucker


From time to time there have been articles about the transcontinental telegraph line (circa 1860-1869) in the western United States. I wish to direct your attention to some insulator findings by some non-collectors (archaeologists) in Nevada. The specific sites are Cold Springs and Sand Springs ...                    [more]


Ask Woody

   by N. R. Woodward


N. R. "Woody" Woodward is the author of The Glass Insulator in America, 1988 Report and developed the Consolidated Design Numbers identification system for glass insulators. 

Questions for this month's column were submitted by Dan Kelly of Smithton, ...                    [more]

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