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Crown Jewels is always asking collectors to submit pictures of their favorite insulator for Insulator of the Month. Clair Cunningham responded to our request by sending in this picture of a CD 1070 Hemingray-109 glass spool in orange amber. He writes, "Picking an insulator of the month? This is tough. I like ...                    [more]


MID - OHIO Show and Tell

   by Elaine C. Corriero


Well, the 35th Annual Mid-Ohio Insulator Show has come to an end, and a bittersweet one, I might add. Unless you have actually hosted a show of your own, you probably have no conception of the amount of work involved prior to the show, and how much time you spend throughout the show taking care of the needs ...                    [more]


Baja Adventure


Editor's note: New discoveries continue to be found all the time. Case in point... the following story submitted by a new subscriber. Never give up for there are insulators out there waiting for you.

My name is Bill Bayes. My wife (Maria) and son (Nicolas) have been hunting ...                    [more]


Winter Colors


"HI, this is Lindsay Kartye and I would like to
Thank You
for the wonderful
insulator you gave me.
My mom and I will enjoy it a lot,
since we don't have a CD like it."
...                    [more]


Canadian Forum

   By Robin Plewes


Uniquely Canadian

The feature of double threading has made many collectors wonder as to its purpose and origin. This threading feature is unique to two styles of Canadian insulators. Both the unembossed cd143 "tallboy" and the no name cd120 ...                    [more]


Demolition Discovery


Editor's note: More new finds are being reported. Here's one by a non-collector who calls himself "Demo Dave".

I found 15 Johnny Ball Insulators. They are all 2-1/2 inches in length. As you can see they are all aqua glass. The front row are the best ones, the second ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   By Richard Wentzel


Glass Insulators of Argentina, Part One

It has been almost a decade since Marilyn Albers and N.R. Woodward released the Second Revision to their book, "Glass Insulators from Outside North America". In that time span, there have been numerous discoveries of ...                    [more]


Mystery Piece

   By Powell Brown


The Hunt 
The whole thing started in late March 2004. I presented my good friend Elliott Miller, for his birthday, an aqua Hemingray 42. From there, he has become an avid collector. Due to constraints, he rarely gets out to collect in the "boonies".                                                                                   
...                    [more]


National Insulator Association History

   By Howard Banks


No matter how difficult moving can be, a nice surprise can occur unexpectedly.

Linda and I moved into the old family farmhouse in January. The residence is only half the size of the home we sold. To accommodate our possessions, we cleaned up the attic area of the farmhouse to use for storage.

...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

   Photos from "Crown Jewels of the Wire," March 2006

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the March 2006 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]


Dave's Dilemma


Dave Kurns reports getting himself in quite a fix near The Dalles, Oregon a couple years ago. He spotted a purple California hoop skirt (CD 152) on a pole in the middle of a pond. Well, Dave likes a good challenge. As a tree climber used to using ropes and rappelling techniques, Dave calculated he could rope the ...                    [more]

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