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Insulator of the Month - Pretty Good Toll


More than a pretty good toll, it's a pretty, R. Good, Jr toll. Insulators embossed with Robert Good's name were manufactured in four CD styles: CD 106, CD 121, CD 134, & CD 162. The 121 tolls are found in a wide variety of dramatic colors, whereas the other CD's have less color variation. R. Good, Jr insulators ...                    [more]


Left Coast Lines - News From The Western Region


The 37th annual Tulare show was held on Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th in the big, pink Veteran's Hall on Tulare Avenue. The Simon Brothers, our show hosts, and The Sequoia Antique Bottle & Collectible Society did the same thing that they have done every year for as long as anyone can remember. ...                    [more]


Porcelain Insulator News

   by Elton Gish


I've been doing a lot of patent searches trying to find all insulator related patents. With the internet, this has become much easier. The list now contains around 2000 patents. I thought I would share with you two patents that explain a mystery with two different insulators and a few that are very interesting. If ...                    [more]


Brookfield Oddity, revisited


In the December issue, David Kurns asked if anyone had seen an oddball Brookfield beehive wherein the dome was much larger above the wire groove than below it. Lots of collectors reported having one or more of them. Lee & Dennis Stewart and Randy Wesner sent in the pictures below. Here are some of the ...                    [more]


More on 162.1's:


The November issue of Crown Jewels featured an article on CD 162.1's by Lee Brewer (pages 27-38). Lee writes some follow up comments:

In the article I said these signals challenge the idea of Brookfield claiming the pieces marked New York are older pieces (for sake of brevity, from now on I ...                    [more]


Robert Good, Jr. & His Insulators


Born in England in 1866, immigrant Robert Good, Jr arguably influenced insulator production in the American West more than any other single individual in his generation.

Learning the glass trade from his father, Robert Junior arrived in Denver, Colorado area in 1895 to take over a glass plant that had gone out of ...                    [more]

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the February 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]


Triple Ridge


Most CD 288 insulators embossed with the R.D. Mershon name only have a single ridge on the umbrella. But a much smaller number are found with three such ridges, such as the one shown above. The scarcity of the units, along with their apparent affiliation to insulator manufacturers in Denver, have resulted in ...                    [more]


Kids Korner


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An Interesting Find

   By Dennis Weber


Following the NIA National Show in New Kensington, PA, Jeanne & I took a leisurely drive back toward Missouri. The first leg of that trip went across the northern tip of West Virginia & along the Ohio River as far as Cincinnati. We planned on doing about 3 days of antiquing along that section.

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CD 301.2 Fry Glass Insulator


Bill Plunkett reports on an extremely rare insulator. He writes about "a CD301.2 FRY that my Dad has recently purchased. He got it along with a CD164.4 FRY in blackglass. As we looked into it's rarity, we found that it's possibly only the third one known in this color and the only complete "whole" ...                    [more]


Star Insulators - Back To Square One

   By Frank Swies


Glass insulators embossed with a five-pointed star are known to have been a General Electric Company product offering. Why were they made?

At first glance, there would appear to be little, if any, connection between STAR embossed insulators and a couple of small, dime sized, nuggets. Yet, to ...                    [more]

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