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Kids Korner


Brian Orr shares his collection below. He has a variety of glass, porcelain and foreign. His favorite is the Muncie.
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Insulator of the Month - American Beauty


Not only is Denny Hackthorne's CD 145 American a favorite because of its beauty, the adventure behind it is also unforgettable. What Denny had to do to get this insulator, even he can't believe. Read the full story below.                                                            ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines - News From The Western Region


Left Coast Lines would like to thank Tom Katonak for providing us with this show report and its associated pictures. Tom regularly writes this report for his club and his little bit of extra effort ensures that Left Coast Lines and Crown Jewels magazine are able to bring the stories of the EIC club to the rest ...                    [more]


Prairie Signals Oklahoma Swap Meet and Impromptu Auction

   Reported by Mae Beth Whaley


The seventh annual Prairie Signals Insulator Swap Meet was held Saturday, October 09, 2004 at the Warwick Estates clubhouse in northwest Oklahoma City.

The gray, drizzly skies didn't dampen spirits, however, as the highlight of the event took place on the parking lot and the whole clubhouse emptied to view ...                    [more]


Here It Is


Hare ya' go. What would seem like an insulator collector's dream come true. Piles of cross arms loaded with insulators. Located just off a highway in Arizona. The owner, unfortunately, isn't interested in allowing insulator-collectors to rummage through the stacks. While the insulators look ...                    [more]


Boston Screw Tops


Here's one collector's idea about the purpose of those screw tops on CD 158.9's. Bill Pottichen writes, "I feel that some sort of wrench made of wood could thread the insulator onto a threadless pin.

"But one would need some sort of pressure from the top. Answer, a piece ...                    [more]


Tommy Bolack Profile


Tommy Bolack holds an extremely rare CD 317.8, one of the prizes in his collection. Tommy is essentially a CD collector, seeking foreign as well as North American glass insulators. But he also enjoys outstanding examples of some of the more common CD's, such as the purple CD 126.4 below.
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   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the December 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]


Yankee Pole Cat On Golden Pond 2004

   by John Rajpolt


The Yankee Pole Cat's annual "On Golden Pond" swap meet and picnic was held on Saturday October 2 at the home of Larry and Mary Jo Emmons. Visualize this: a narrow, woodsy paved road that ends at their property. The Connecticut trees are starting to turn their magnificent fall colors. The road ...                    [more]


The Way Things Were


The old open wire lead Tommy Bolack has reconstructed on his ranch was built reminiscent of how abandoned lines looked when Tommy first began collecting in the 1960's. Oh, those were the days...                                         ...                    [more]


Crown Embossed Brookfields

   by Chris Renaudo


Beginning Interest

I first became interested in the CD136 style while assisting in the research effort of my good friend Lee Brewer on the crown embossed Brookfield (CREB) CD 145 beehives. The CREB 145s are still my favorite as they have a crude, yet ...                    [more]


Brookfield Oddity


Collector Dave Kurns wants to hear from anyone with a CD 145 Brookfield beehive like this one. What's odd about it? Take a close look at the girth of the dome just above the wire groove. It's noticeably larger in circumference than other Brookfield beehives. Was the design intentional to make rain water ...                    [more]

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