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A Taxonomy of EC&M Insulators ...Mastering Your ABC's

   by Howard Banks


LlGURTA, AZ February 10, 2001. Climbing out of a dry wash, I glance to my left at a giant saguaro cactus in the distance. To my right, looking into the setting sun, I see the faint outline of an ancient trail through Sonoran Desert.

"What am I doing here?", I ask myself. Only seven weeks since knee ...                    [more]


Kids Corner


(Below) Christa Banks and Josh McCarroll inspect one pole's Crown Jewels. Kids love insulators. Christa says, "Sometimes it is the adventure of it all. Climbing a pole. Hiking up a mountain. Or maybe just finding an old ox shoe when you're walking along the Applegate branch of the old Oregon Trail looking for ...                    [more]


Mac's Believe It or Not!

   by John McDougald


Well, Mrs. Mac is now officially retired from editing Crown Jewels of the Wire. So, what is she doing? Cleaning house, washing clothes, preparing gourmet meals? No, she has spent better than six weeks on the road photographing insulators for a new reference book we plan to co-author for release next year. ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   by Caleb Thimell


Colombia's Vi-Bo Insulator Mystery Solved

The excitement of finding my first CD 154 Zicmes in a small mound of Whitall Tatums piled on the back room floor of an electrical parts store is still fresh in my mind. It's been more than 10 years now since that momentous day. Little ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

   Photos from "Crown Jewels of the Wire," January 2003

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the January 2003 Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine. These have been provided by the publisher for those wishing to see a color rendition of the black and white photos ...                    [more]

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