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Seattle Show

   By Nathan Lamkey


The winter blues were finally broken in anticipation of the first insulator show of the year at the home of Jack Hare in Seattle, Washington. Tim Wood left home at O dark thirty to arrive at the home of Nathan Lamkey to get underway by 5 in the morning. The first stop was Portland to pick up Caleb Thimmel and the Oregon convoy was on its way with boxes of sales stock. The show was ...                    [more]


Yuma 2003 Tailgater and the Quest for Date Shakes

   By Dwayne Anthony


The trip started off in Fresno -- 500 miles from our final destination of Yuma, Arizona. Lou Hall left Thursday night from Fresno in his passenger van for Dave Brown's home in Exeter. They both left bright and early Friday morning to pick up Bob Merzoian in Porterville, then on to Highland to pick up David LeForge and ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - Got Junk?


Once upon a time... I stopped at a large antique mall on the way home one day to just browse through the two floors of booths available. I wasn't particularly looking for insulators, as this mall was not known for ever having any good insulators. After the first floor, and finding nothing of real interest, I ...                    [more]


World Class Insulators

   By Howard Banks


Crown Jewels is proud to present, in both the May and June centerfolds, color pictures of some world class insulators.

CD 151 insulators are classic in shape, representing a transition between early day threaded insulators and turn-of-the-century styles. The curve of the ...                    [more]


The Annual Chesapeake Bay Insulator Club Show

   By Claude Wambold


On Saturday morning, March 1, 2003, 3:50 a.m. Steve Bobb pulls in our driveway and we quickly load his boxes of insulators, (I loaded mine the day before) We are on the road by 4:00 a.m. and headed South on Rt. 100 to Rt. 23. As we turn onto Rt. 23 we see the first snow flake and saw many, many more in ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   By Curtis Erickson


Finding the Russian CD 570.2

Several unique insulators have recently been discovered in Russia. Before 1991 very few Russian insulators had been found, due to the "iron curtain" . One insulator that has recently been found is the CD 570.2. It ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the May 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]



   By Howard Banks


The annual bottle show in Chico, California has been a favorite of insulator collectors for decades. I remember attending in the late 1960's and being amazed at the great western insulators that turned up at Chico. This year was no exception, although the best insulators came for "show and tell", ...                    [more]


Kids Korner


WE HAVE A WINNER! 14 entries were received in our contest for kids. Crown Jewels invited youngsters to design a logo for a regular column dedicated to beginning collectors. After all the entries came in, we emailed them to members of the Jefferson State Insulator Club for a vote. Only the logos were sent. Club ...                    [more]


Making a Magazine

   By Howard Banks


Stop the presses! But not for long. We've still got 1,500 magazines to print, fold, staple, trim, address, sort, and mail.

What does it take to create a month's issue of Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine? My wife and co-editor, Linda, thought some of our readers would be ...                    [more]


Insulator Hunting in Cambodia

   By Howard Banks


Kris and Mary Ann Young are missionaries who have been working with the people of Cambodia for more than a decade now. 

On one of their return trips back to the states, Kris and Mary Ann visited our home in Merlin, Oregon. It's rather hard not to notice insulators when you stop by our place. We discussed the hobby ...                    [more]

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