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Book Review: History of Bonneville Power


Tower construction along the Columbia River in 1939 was precarious business. Below, four men work on the a line from Bonneville Dam to The Dalles, Oregon. Pictures on pages 4 to 6 are from a book about the history of the Bonneville Power Administration entitled, "Power and the Pacific Northwest ...                    [more]


Insulator Lighthouse


Editor's Note: Vernon Fellows emailed the pictures on the following two pages. Is the Brookfield insulator opposite some kind of CREB, or just the result of ghost embossing? Vernon writes...

"The Lighthouse is supposed to be a birdhouse, only I plugged the hole ...                    [more]


2005 NIA Eastern Regional


Editor's note: Lee Brewer prepared this report for Crown Jewels. Lee is going to be the Eastern Region Correspondent for the magazine, reporting on shows that he attends. We appreciate his volunteering to fill this important function for us. Lee has also become all important ambassador of the hobby for youthful, ...                    [more]


Sidepin Profile


Marv Collins

Retired educator Marv Collins of Colorado is one of the hobby's founding collectors.

While living in Northern California in the 1960's, Marv began building the outstanding collection he still owns. In fact, virtually every insulator in his ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   Submitted by Lis and Jim Bergman Anchorage, Alaska


Verreries de Folembray Go-withs

Over the past few years we have had the good fortune to obtain several interesting Verreries de Folembray go-withs. Some of these items were made by the Verreries de Folembray while some items were made by companies for the ...                    [more]


Canadian Forum

   By Robin Plewes


This month's column has a few interesting bits and pieces to pass along with regard to Canadian insulators.

The first is a true "whatzit". This item was picked up at a garage sale last summer and is a bit of a puzzle. The glaze has a few fine stress cracks in it and seems "deep", as though there were several ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the April 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]


Porcelain Insulator News

   By Elton Gish


As promised in the last PIN, here are a bevy of beautiful blue Pittsburg U-202A's. Joe Warmuth actually owns five of them, but the photo I liked best only shows four. The one on the right is unique in that it has a nice mottling of darker blue in streams from the top down as if that color was poured on ...                    [more]


S. F.

   By Frank Swies


What's it mean and Where'd it come from

Glass insulators embossed with a simple S.F. have long been a curiosity among insulator collectors. For many years, the S.F. embossing was believed to have referred to San Francisco and there is some evidence to prompt this belief. ...                    [more]





Collector Vernon Fellows sent in a picture of an insulator that is one of his favorites. He found this blue porcelain dead-end spool on the roof of an old sawmill before it was demolished 20 years ago.

The location is of special interest to Vernon, as he worked for the lumber ...                    [more]

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