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Cambodian Connection


Insulators are helping to fund a missionary team's efforts in Cambodia. Here are a few of the items brought back to the US this fall. See page 30.
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Insulator of the Month - NOW THAT'S A "HEMI"


Talk about a "Hemi" with power! I thought I was going to have to put on sunglasses when I photographed this H.G. Co. CD 151. This is a new addition to the growing collection of Tim Wood, who says this insulator is his current favorite. Tim has a number of outstanding Hemingray-made CD 151's, ...                    [more]


Sunset in Columbia River Gorge




Steel, wood and sweat make the man tough as nails.
He climbs poles, ties wire, rides the rails; 
Fighting wind and snow, from his work he never fails. 
Not much could deter this man from his rugged duty, 
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Because I Can't Pass Up A Bargain...

   by Judy Miller


"Hi, I'm Judy Miller from St. Joseph's Ridge, Wisconsin. Here are some recent finds of mine. The two NATCO's CD 151's in peacock blue are finds from two different antique shop dealers. The rest were from flea markets.

"Over the last 13 years of collecting, my collection has swelled to many hundreds. ...                    [more]


Letters to the Editor


Hemingray 42 - 42 

Editor's note: On page 20 of the November issue of Crown Jewels, we pictured a Hemingray CD 154 that had the numbers "42" embossed on both its front and back sides. N.R. "Woody" Woodward sent us this response:

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Most Frequently Asked Insulator Question


Without exception, Crown Jewels receives more questions about one particular insulator than any other. What is it? It's the carnival glass suspension insulator collectors have nicknamed "the sombrero". 

Typical questions asked are, "I found this beautiful carnival insulator in an antique shop. ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines



was held among the lush, picturesque Porterville vineyards and orange orchards of the San Joaquin Valley, on September 6, 2003. After a summer of bright, clear, sunny Ca1ifornia skies, the juicy plums and sweet Concord grapes ...                    [more]


Yankee Pole Cat Insulator Club Presents "On Golden Pond"

   by John Rajpolt


On Saturday September 13th 2004, Mary and Larry Emmons once again hosted our annual "On Golden Pond" Swap Meet and Picnic. The weather did not cooperate as it had in the years past. It was overcast, breezy, and drizzled on and off with a harder rain shower around 2PM that sort of signaled the end to ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the December 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]


Tree Topper


48-year-old Dave Kurns climbs more than poles. His specialty as a private contractor for the Union Pacific Railroad is tree topping. 
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Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


There seems to be an ever-growing interest in porcelain insulators at shows. More dealers have porcelain on their tables and a wide variety is showing up on Ebay, too. It is great for those of us who look for something different. You may think that all possible markings on unipart porcelain insulators have been ...                    [more]


Lightning Rod Insulators

   by Howard Banks


Lightning rod insulators represent a fast growing area of insulator collecting, with auction prices reflecting the surge in interest. 

These little globs of glass (see color pictures on pages 39 & 40) are gaining popularity in the hobby due to their attractive colors and shapes, as well as their ...                    [more]

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