2004 >> May  

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Mischievous Bears Wreck the Telegraph Lines Up In the Maine Woods


----Fort Wayne News, 9-30-1899

Telegraph wires, whether strung on poles or laid along the bottom of the sea are harmless, inoffensive things and by no means attractive in appearance. Yet they have numerous enemies, in the animal world as well as the vegetable world. ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   By Caleb Thimell


I begin with an update on the tiny B TE S.G.D.G. No 1 cross top spool from Belgium. Thanks to Lis and Jim Bergman for sharing the following additional information. The "B te" is a French abbreviation for "brevete" which means patent. The S.G.D.G. is short for "Sans Garantie Du ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines - News From The Western Region

   By Mike Doyle



Riverside Park was still shrouded in pre-dawn shadows as Lou Pin-Man Hall piloted his van down the winding tarmac below Yuma Territorial Prison. As more light flowed from the dawn horizon into the early morning sky, anyone could have ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the May 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]


Italian Insulator Collector's Association


In the photo are Paolo Salucci, Nora Coppo, Guido Boreani and Nora's husband (kneeling). This was the first meeting of the Italian Collector's Association in the home of Nora Coppo of Genova, Italy on June 9, 2002. As seen each collector is holding a favorite insulator. Paolo is holding a Ginori unipart, Nora is ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - A MATTER OF QUALITY...


After photographing, or reviewing photographs of, dozens of CALIFORNIA insulators for this month's feature story, this smoky amethyst CD 166 was one of the standouts in terms of character. Laced with bubbles and foam and stringers of milk, the insulator defies the California Glass Insulator Company's ...                    [more]


Insulator Chess


Dr. P. Quentin Tomich, of Honokaa, Hawaii, has found a way to combine two popular pastimes... using insulators as chess pieces. Note the CD 206 'castle' insulators being used, most appropriately, as rooks.

Dr. Tomich writes, "In the early 1970's I was fortunate and surprised to ...                    [more]


California Insulators


Crown Jewels presents the CALIFORNIA family this month. Included in this issue are 65 color pictures of insulators manufactured by the California Glass Insulator Company. Additionally, we'll present historical information about the company, examples of their advertising (circa 1912), information about where ...                    [more]

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