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Message to readers about contents for this month....



H&H Electric Co.


Larry Veneziano has created some new commemoratives this year. Shaped like eared Jumbo's (CD 269), only smaller, these modern collectibles were poured in ruby red, cobalt blue, and yellow vaseline colored glass.                                                                
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Ever Seen a Round Cross Arm Before?


While recently reading a copy of Western New York Heritage, a local magazine, I came across an article devoted to Frontier Telephone, who had an early and major history in Buffalo. In the article there were some great pictures, poles loaded with crossarms and insulators, but one really grabbed my attention.

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Sumpter Valley Railway


"I've got bucket loads of insulators I want to get rid of," the woman told me over the phone. "My husband salvaged them years ago off a railroad in Northeast Oregon." 

She instantly had my interest. I often advertise to buy insulators in want-ad newspapers. Her's was a response to such ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - So Mass Tel Co


Collector Gary Michener says this ordinary looking CD 102 pony is his favorite insulator. What's not ordinary about it is the embossing: So. Mass. Tel. Co. Founded in the late 1870's, the Southern Massachusetts Telephone Company served Cape Cod communities until well into the 1900's. Only a handful ...                    [more]


Kids Korner


Mindy Michener was the winner of our contest for kids to design a logo for Kids Korner. Her winning design is used below. 

Here's Layout Designer Linda Banks presenting Mindy with her winning prize, a CD 257 "Mickey Mouse" insulator.. 

Now, young collectors, pick up your pen and your cameras and begin ...                    [more]


Postal Memories

   By N. R. Woodward


(N.R. Woodward is the creator of the CD number classification system for insulators. He responded to the Postal beehive article in the April issue of CJOW and is providing some great information that we thought we'd share.)

Dear Howard,

Received the April CJ, a very good job! Despite the daunting nature of the ...                    [more]


Boston Bottle Find

   By Ed Hollar (the old pole cat)


In the early '70's I was working on my cables near Newark when I saw a crew on the railroad tracks. I stopped to chat for a few minutes. It was a very cold day, below zero! The crew was working on the crossing. I asked them if and when the open wires overhead were coming down. They said not for a while and one ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the June 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]


World Class Insulators (Continued)

   By Howard Banks


In this issue of Crown Jewels we are pleased to present a second series of colored pictures of world class CD 151 insulators. These are among the best examples of that style known to the hobby. (See the May issue of Crown Jewels for part one.)

If I can get the page numbers correct this month, the insulator at the top of ...                    [more]

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