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Visit to Johnson Press


Linda and I traveled to Pontiac, Illinois in mid-April to meet the people who work for our new printer, Johnson Press of America. We were impressed both with the professionalism of the operation, and the personal attention we received from the friendly staff. Even the Pres. spent an afternoon giving Linda and I a ...                    [more]


Canadian Forum

   By Robin Plewes


With many new collectors being exposed to the hobby of collecting insulators, some of the terms we use to describe insulators may seem a bit confusing.

The hobby of insulator collecting may not be quite as old as bottle collecting, but insulators have been around pretty much as long as glass ...                    [more]


Early Interest in Insulators


DeeDee Hall sent in this picture. She writes, "A little porcelain spool insulator looked like a cup of tea to 20-month old Aimee of Fresno, California." Good work, DeeDee! Our hobby needs more young collectors, and maybe one year isn't too early to start.                                             ...                    [more]


Insulator of the Month - BOB'S STAR


Bob Stahr is a Hemingray specialist. He collects anything Hemingray. Not just insulators. But lamps, bottles, fruit jars, battery jars, historical artifacts and more. His insulator collection is quite excellent with many examples of rare CD's. But Bob says one of his favorite insulators (Isn't hard to pick just one?) ...                    [more]


Wheaton, Illinois Show Report

   By Rick Soller


What makes a great show? The April 2-3, Wheaton, Illinois show certainly provided a good example with its large group of dealers, growing numbers of displays, and after-show activities.

In the past two years, the show has spread into a second, connected building, ...                    [more]


Kids Korner


Six young people entered the Crown Jewels contest to write an essay on the subject of "Why I Collect' Insulators". The prize: a year's subscription to the magazine for the two we liked best. Picking the winners was hard. Our first two choices:

Why I collect Insulators by Stephen Davidson, age 13:

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March 2004 Pole Top Auction


Editor's note: Insulators auctions have become a mainstay of the hobby. Crown Jewels has decided to report on auction sales so our readership can stay informed of trends. Ray Klingensmith, owner of Pole Top Discoveries, has been conducting insulator auctions since 1987. Ray writes that his 50th sale was ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the June 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]


Boston Family Album


Crown Jewels this month presents insulators manufactured by, or in some way related to, Boston Bottle Works. Our story extends from page 20 through page 33. Shown on this page: Upper left: CD 136.4 unembossed; upper right: CD 136.4 unembossed; Lower left: 136.5 embossed Boston Bottle Works; lower right: 143.6 ...                    [more]




Shown on these two pages are insulators that were displayed at two events in March: the Chico, California bottle show and an insulator swap meet in Nathan Lamkey's barn in Salem, Oregon.                                                                                                 
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From One to a Dozen....


Until this spring, only one CD 141.7 Twiggs was known to the hobby. Now, count 12 more.

Collector Andy Wadysz of Michigan says he stopped by an antique shop one day, and noticed two CD 141.7's in a window. They are the two in the bottom picture on page 17 that are starting to turn amethyst. While buying the two, Andy asked ...                    [more]

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