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CD 208 California Embossings


Mike McGuire reports finding what he believes to be a third embossing style for the CD 208 CALIFORNIA "hot cross bun" insulators. 

Collectors have long observed a difference in the size of the lettering on CALIFORNIA 208's. As you can see in the bottom picture, the letters are notably taller on the ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines



was held on the sprawling Ron Yuhas compound just outside Helena, Montana. It was co-hosted by the Yuhas family and Montie McDowell. Ron tells the story best, so I am going to let him take it from here, "We had an informal show-and-tell at my house on Friday evening, ...                    [more]


Featured Collector: Dave Brown


Well, there is a bit more to the Big Sky Swap Meet story (page 31), but Left Coast Lines has to wait for future events to catch up with future plans before we can report on any of it. In order to learn more, Left Coast Lines met with Dave and Shirley brown at their Exeter, California home in late September. We ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - HAVING A BLAST!


Mike Randall says this glower is his favorite insulator. It's a CD 162 H.G.Co in the (100) embossing style. The "OA" of the word PETTICOAT on the reverse is embossed over the letters "AT". Mike claims to be a "100% certified color nut". He collects various CD styles, but in ...                    [more]


INSULATOR TREES (Getting your kicks on Route 66)

   by Stan Severi


Recently my wife Pat and I visited our daughter, Tammy, and her husband, Steve, and grandchildren in Barstow California. Barstow is not unfamiliar to us as we spent nine years there raising our children while I worked at the Goldstone Tracking Facility, where Steve now works. We hadn't been there for ...                    [more]


Insulator Nicknames


Since the beginning of the insulator hobby, collectors have attached nicknames to certain shapes (styles) of insulators. The nicknames generally originated because of a correlation of the shape to another object. In this column this month, we list some insulator nicknames and their corresponding ...                    [more]


Story Behind Cover Photo


Richard During says Bob Fredrickson, now 81 and retired from Pacific Tel and Tel Company, owns the original photo found on this month's cover. The black-and-white picture was taken around 1960 when Bob was construction foreman for the demolition of a line in the Fort Lewis, Washington area.
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Foreign Insulators

   By Caleb Thimell


"World-Wide Spool Frenzy"

In this issue I want to share my enthusiasm for collecting spools from around the world. I realize these often maligned and overlooked insulators are smaller than their cousins and don't carry as heavy a load as their high power cousins. ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

   Photos from "Crown Jewels of the Wire," January 2004

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the January 2004 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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