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Kids Korner


Meet Cover Artist Colin Issel

I'm 10 years old. My favorite hobbies are collecting insulators, playing computer games, reading and making models. My mom did electric line construction and she likes insulators so I started to like them too. I have about 30 ...                    [more]


Canadian Forum

   By Robin Plewes


This month's Canadian Forum is a well written show report for the 5th Annual WCIC show that was held in Medicine Hat Alberta. Many thanks to Lena Braman for the effort.                                                                                                                                 
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2005 Gulf Coast Bottle & Jar Club Show

   By Bob Machann


Medicines, Beers, Inks, Jars and More

The 2005 Gulf Coast Bottle & Jar Club show was held on Saturday, June 25, 2005 in the Gulf Coast Ballroom at the Marriott Airport Inn in Houston, Texas. Participants were treated to a clear, sunny weekend. After working late, ...                    [more]


Deck Party in Albany, Oregon

   By Scott Morrell


August 27 was a great day at the home of Tim and Joanne Wood in Albany, Oregon. Their annual insulator swap was well attended by collectors from throughout the northwest. They came from as far away as Seattle, Crescent City, and rural Idaho. Those attending included Bob & Arlene Jackson, Howard ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   By Bernard L Warren



The last six or so insulator research trips to France by this writer have resulted in a number of new insulator finds being made. After studying detailed photos, technical information, etc., Mr. N. R. Woodward has assigned the ...                    [more]


Crown Jewels Summer Swap


Your editors hosted a back yard swap meet again this summer. Above, Dave Kurns and Terry Drolliger discuss the merits of an amber CD 145 H.G. Co. Carl Scott holds in his hands.                                                                                          
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Insulator of the Month


These three Fred M. Locke uniparts are favorites of Linda's and myself, in part because we found them ourselves. They were used on a telephone line that ran on sidepegs below a power line that used classic M-2795's. While collectors harvested the gutter tops decades ago, these small insulators went undetected, ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

   Photos from "Crown Jewels of the Wire," November 2005

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the November 2005 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]




I would like to know if you would like to use these pictures for you readers to see. I can't find anything like this on the internet. The close up picture of the embossing shows what looks like the company that made it might have used a previously chipped insulator to make the mold. Is this possible?                                                                                                                                 

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The Toledo, Iowa Swap Meet

   By Brian Rieker


The Toledo, Iowa swap meet was an outstanding event. It keeps growing every year. This year, my buddy, Ethan Yowell and I carpooled from Kansas, arriving Friday evening, and hung out at Tom Murphy's for some show & tell. While there, we all previewed the MVIC cookbook that will be available for order at ...                    [more]


Gone to Bodie

   By Carver Mead & Barbara Smith


From an engineering perspective, a mine is simply a machine for turning energy into Gold. The energy has to come from somewhere. In the earliest days of the Gold rush, human muscle supplied the energy to dig gravel and slosh pans. As the easy Gold was worked out, water-power was used to wash away hillsides and ...                    [more]

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