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Letters to the Editor


Dear Howard,

Thank you for the excellent article on EC&M's in the January issue of Crown Jewels. No wonder Ray got $7,000 for that Arizona Blue. It's that super rare one of a kind mirror embossed EC&M!

It was nice to hear Chuck Fox mentioned in your article. I bought my first dark green EC&M from Chuck at ...                    [more]


The Iron Horse and The Talking Wire

   By Mike Green


He was impressed by the well thought out questions the tall gentleman asked. As he answered at length about his thoughts on the Pacific Railroad, Grenville Dodge could not help feeling that this inquisitive man would play an important role in that endeavor. Dodge, who was already an accomplished railroad engineer, ...                    [more]


The Rhino


Am Tel Question

Editor's note: A collector who wishes to be called "The Rhino" has agreed to answer questions sent in by readers. The Rhino will address general questions about insulators and the hobby. N.R. Woodward, affectionately know as ...                    [more]



   By Howard Banks


Formed in 1881, the Postal Telegraph Company capitalized on the email technology of its day. Telegrams were sent to destination offices, and then mailed to private and business recipients. Going "postal" was routine business for this telegraph company.

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Foreign Insulators

   By Andrew Gibson and Bill Snell


L'Electro-Verre -- The 1948 Catalog

As an exchange student to France in the summer of 1983, I (Andrew) fell in love with French insulators when I found my first "gingerbread man," firmly cemented to a pole and unattainable. My host family thought my ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - Sapphire Pattern


This CD 127 embossed W.U.P. (Western Union Pattern) is one of only two reported in sapphire blue. A half dozen are known in cobalt; and even aqua ones are scarce. This specimen, owned by Galen Howard, features dramatic amber swirls mixed with the sapphire blue glass. Ross Baird, who owns the other sapphire, ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the April 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]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


Dry process porcelain is the cheapest type of porcelain to make. It is also the poorest quality for electrical use due to the inherent porous nature. Some dry process porcelain is high quality and difficult to distinguish from wet process porcelain even at the firing rest or if a chip exposes the porcelain. 

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