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All About Color

   By Mike Randall


27 Years of Collecting Glass

I started collecting glass in 1979. I had just moved from Los Angeles to Redding, CA. Los Angeles was such a wonderful place to live that I missed being there for... oh, at least ten minutes after I left.

Getting settled on a small cattle ranch, I heard about a flea market on ...                    [more]


St. Joseph Insulator /Bottle Show & Sale

   By Jeanne Weber


The 4th Annual Insulator / Bottle Show & Sale was held in St. Joseph, MO on Saturday, March 11, 2006. It was another great day with mostly clear skies and temperatures in the 60's. But as we know, the weather can change rapidly and Sunday was a day of 100 tornado sightings in MO and hail as big as tennis balls. ...                    [more]



   By Mike Swanson


In November 2005, I was fortunate enough to secure a position with the Portland, Oregon Water Bureau's security staff. Our job is to ensure the safety and security of all our bureau facilities, including Portland's watershed. During training, on our first journey to some of our out of town facilities, I ...                    [more]





This CD 123 EC&M Co SF is one of my favorites. That's because I found it myself.... all 50 or 60 or 70 pieces. The insulator has been painstakingly reconstructed by Paul Greaves. It's an "F" mold EC&M in the color ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the May 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]


Pole Replacement

   By David Collins


Pole Replacement - From a layman's viewpoint

In March 2005 everyone in my neighborhood received notice from Pacific Gas & Electric Company that, due to the replacement of a power pole, electricity ...                    [more]


Kids Korner



Wow! Take a look on the page below at the prizes we are offering in our latest Kids Contest.

These CD 734, threadless, McMicking insulators will be given away free to four winners in our next contest. These historic artifacts were dug in British ...                    [more]


Civil War Relics


Micah Flood sent us the picture below to report the recent discovery of a threadless insulator from a "Civil War trash heap". While the address, "16 BROADWAY NY", makes it clear the item is a Tillotson product, we weren't sure exactly what we were looking at and asked for additional pictures. ...                    [more]


Mid-Willamette Valley Insulator Swap


Mid-Willamette Valley Insulator Swap

Nathan Lamkey hosted his 9th annual swap meet at his home in Salem, Oregon March 25th. Now a lot of collectors have "go withs" for their insulators collections, and Nathan is no exception. But some of his are rather ...                    [more]


Cold Pour


Dario Dimare provided the explanation to Vernon Fellows' question about the extra lettering on the dome of his Brookfield signal (April 2006 issue, page 43.)

Vernon ask if the embossed (raised) letters "J E L" were placed on the dome by a factory worker carving his initials into the mold. We speculated ...                    [more]


Hemingray 23's

   By Mike Randall


A Tough CD to Acquire in Mint Condition

It has taken seven years. Putting together a type set of three, colored CD 241 Hemingray #23's is a goal I didn't think I'd ever accomplish. Let alone in mint condition.

My first is in honey amber with round drip points. It surfaced on Ebay ...                    [more]




Book Review

This 30 page booklet was first printed in the early 1900's by the Montgomery Ward Company to sell telephone equipment manufactured for the company. It was re-printed in 1970 by Glen Razak after insulators became collectible.                                                                                                    
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