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Kids Korner


Members of the Jefferson State Insulator Club voted to further their commitment to youth in the hobby by promoting a youth in the hobby. 7th Grader Mindy Michener ran for, and was elected, President of the club. The JSIC has members all around the nation, but geographically is focused on Northern ...                    [more]


2004 G.L.A.S.S Show


The G.L.A.S.S. club assembled the night of June 25, 2004, once again to erect the large tent which had sheltered us from some inclement weather during GLASS / WRIC 2003. Once the stakes were pounded into the ground, we all returned home in anticipation of the next day when the dealers would arrive.

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Purple 201 Legend Lives On....


Last month, Crown Jewels asked collectors if anyone could confirm long standing rumors of a CD 201 California in purple. Colin Jung responded with the following letter:

I have been investigating the purple 201 legend for several years now and can supply a few details. The April 1969 Old Bottle Magazine Insulator By Lines ...                    [more]


Thrifty Discovery


Matt Gauron and his sister, Stephanie, show off their insulator discovery to Linda Banks. Matt got a major boost in his new hobby of insulator collecting when his dad made a tremendous discovery at a thrift store.

Matt's dad was at a Disabled American Veterans thrift store in their hometown ...                    [more]


Unwanted and Unloved


My father found this poor little CD 101 Brookfield pony while bottle hunting in the 1960's. Beat, bashed and broken, I'm not sure why he kept it in the first place. Dad shelved it in his "bottle" room for over thirty years. About four years ago I added it to the "boneyard", a stockpile of ...                    [more]


A Day At The Office


From somewhere in Venango County, PA, this tar paper shack served as a telegraph office during the boom days of the oil fields. Written across the front of the tiny building are the following sales pitches and warnings:

"Cable TeleGrams. NY Central Telegraph Office. May 9, 1903. No Smoking ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the November 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]


Insulator of the Month - SAPPIRE LRI


I just wanted to submit a picture of one of my favorite insulators for consideration of being in "Crown Jewels." I found this dark sapphire blue lightning rod insulator on a house less than one mile from my home. I also found a dark green one and a nice aqua on the same house. This was the third, ...                    [more]


Canadian Forum

   By Robin Plewes


Lena Braman has been good enough to write a show report for the WCIC meet that was held a few months back. Writing in the summer is a tough task. I'd like to thank her for the effort and contributing the report to Canadian Forum.

The Western Canadian Insulators Collectors held a good swap meet just outside ...                    [more]


Persistence Pays


Kathy Kline and husband, Ken, went insulator hunting on their wedding anniversary. They went out to cover ground above a old power house in Northern California where Ken and some of his friends had hunted before. There was a difference this time. A forest fire had burned through the area, revealing quite ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines - News From The Western Region

   By Mike Doyle


This installment of Left Coast Lines marks the end of our first season with Crown Jewels magazine. Almost one year ago we embarked upon this hunt with our eyes wide open, and we are still being surprised by the poles and wire that we continue to encounter along this toll lead. We greatly appreciate you, faithful ...                    [more]


The "Top-Hat" Signal

   By Lee Brewer


A Collectors Guide to the "Undiscovered CD - The Brookfield 162.1"


"WOW, it's a miracle! We're going to let the beagle run here today"! These are the words that raced through my young teen mind when my ...                    [more]


Chesapeake Bay Insulator Club's 5th Annual Shenandoah Valley Show was a Success!


Saturday, August 14 in Martinsburg, W. Va. saw 6 dealers spread over 10 tables at the 5th annual CBIC Shenandoah Valley Insulator Show and Sale. Although the dealer turn out was a little smaller than usual, this made for greater sales for those dealers who did participate. With a larger than average ...                    [more]

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