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   By N. R. Woodward


Gary Strohm submitted this picture of a piece of glass he bought at a flea market that was advertised as an insulator. It's green in color and embossed "DANSK DESIGNS LTD," Gary asks, "What is it?"                                                                                    
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The 12th (- - -) of Christmas

   By Carver Mead & Barbara Smith


It is December, 2003, and the holidays are bearing down upon us. This is our 12th holiday season together, and it seems like a celebration is in order --- something exciting and very romantic. Well, what could be more romantic than a hydroelectric project in the middle of a desert, where almost no rain ...                    [more]


Canadian Forum

   By Robin Plewes



The Story of Wild Canadian Ponies

In collecting insulators, I'm sure most of you know the usual avenues used to acquire pieces for our collections. Whether we hike the rail beds, scrounge the yards sales, advertise in local papers or buy through mail order, there is a ...                    [more]


Kern River Line


Editor's Note: At the 2003 National Insulator Association convention, Carver Mead and Barbara Smith displayed what porcelain insulator expert Elton Gish described as "the most incredible display I have ever seen." Carver and Barbara received so many awards for the exhibit, they were featured on the ...                    [more]




The Mid-Ohio insulator show held every fall always ranks as one of the top events of the year for insulator collectors. Last fall's 33rd annual show in Springfield was no exception. Kevin Jacobson of Arizona attended and sent in the pictures published on this and the following page. Shown at the top left is a CD ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - THE FROG & THE PRINCE


This amazing CD 145 "B" beehive has to be one of the most exciting marvels uncovered in the hobby to date. The carcass of a small tree frog is encapsulated in a long elliptical dome bubble. The intense heat of the molten glass appears to have seared the outer flesh of the frog, but the cooler gasses ...                    [more]



   By Howard & Linda Banks


Geo-cache hunting is a hobby enjoyed by many insulator collectors. Using Global Positioning Technology (GPS), enthusiasts search for hidden caches containing any variety of items. , Linda and I (using the moniker "Howl'n Banks) have started leaving insulators behind, in the ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the April 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]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


It seems like a broken record as often as I've said, "There seems to be no end to new porcelain insulators to report." I am still amazed at what people report and what I am able to find. A lot of people complain about eBay providing a market for "stained" glass and the occasional reglazed ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines - News From The Western Region

   By Mike Doyle


Well, we had a great turn out for the 15th Annual Emerald City Potluck. Gil Hedges sent in this report. "We had folks from Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Robin, Win, Bonnie, Jack and Edna, and my self wish to thank all the folks that came. Some of the people that were in attendance: Darcy and Bill ...                    [more]


Insulator Hunting Tips


Last year I wrote a couple of stories about the good old days when insulators were still plentiful on poles. If you were lucky, you could pick some off the ground where the linemen left them. Some linemen would give insulators to you just so they didn't have to take them back to the shop.

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The Frog and The Prince

   By Dwayne Anthony


The insulator pictured on the inside front cover made its first appearance at the 1993 Enchantment Insulator Club Show in Los Lunas, New Mexico. A small group of collectors had gathered in the lobby of the host motel in the afternoon before the Friday evening show setup. Ross Thompson of Tucson, Arizona, (our ...                    [more]

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