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The Hemingray Glass Company - Book Review


Most collectors are familiar with the May 2, 1893 patent for what we call "drip points." But they had another name in Ralph Hemingray's patent application. Do you know what the name was? Why did Hemingray move its plant from Covington, KY to Muncie, IN? What was the Hemingray's code word for the ...                    [more]


Foreign Insulators

   By Bernie Warren


French Distribution Towers

French power distribution towers and their unique glass insulating discs have fascinated this writer for several years, resulting in a lot of time being spent researching and photographing these old towers.

French distribution towers are the equivalent of American electrical ...                    [more]


Kids Korner


Hi. Just wanted to drop a line  to let you know how much I enjoy CJOW. I wanted to show you our new backyard pole. My friend Killian and I put it together (with a little help from my dad). Dad had to cut a dead tree down & we talked him into making a display pole out of it. He says it might only last ...                    [more]

   A Magazine for Collectors

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

CJ In Color!

The following photos are from the June 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]


Show Report


Prairie Signals Insulator Show 
October 15, 2005

Beautiful weather, great people and insulators of course made this year's show a great success. We started by unloading tables and soon everyone was set up and ready. Collectors with tables included: Larry Vredenburgh, Sandy Ellison, ...                    [more]




There's no doubt that a job at a glass factory was difficult, demanding, dirty, and often filled with drudgery. Perhaps to bring a little fun into the job, workers occasionally placed coins into the molds. Shown below is a CD 121 Hemingray 16 that had an Indian head penny placed into the dome section of the ...                    [more]





Ernie Carlson describes the CD 342 Locke # 25 insulator (top) as one of his favorites. It's made of two pieces of glass cemented together. Ernie says it's one of his favorites based on the fact he's made more than a half-dozen trips to Southern Colorado to hunt along the one and only line on which that style of insulator was used. Show below it are two other classic Fred M. Locke insulators from Ernie's collection. Both are called "gutter tops" because the porcelain tops literally have a gutter to drain rain water away from the cross arm. The glass / porcelain combination is an M-2795; the all porcelain an M-2796. ...                    [more]

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