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Insulators: The Hidden Obsession
One west coast US "insulater" nut's adventures

Among my first insulators...this photograph was taken sometime in 1975.
{From left to right} A porcelain unipart, two porcelain spools, and a Hemingray 42 - all on pins (cobs).

Never Forget... never forget...
September 11, 2001.
A day that will be forever remembered.
Never forget the victims of the World Trade Center,
the Pentagon, and the passengers on the four lost flights.

Please feel free to take one of these and place it on your own website.

I got in the paper!
This newspaper clipping is from the March 27 2001 Brisbane Courier Mail from Australia!

And this is the graphic on some very cool notebook paper that a fan of this website made,
using the graphic on the top of this very web page. With my permission, of course.
Made by D.H. and L.H. of California.

My First Phone (tm) My First Phone (tm)
My First PhonesTM :-)
"Insulaters" and phones go together. You simply can't have one without the other.

A telephone operator's headset that Rick from Alaska sent me in autumn 2003.
It's on top of my old crank-up wall telephone right now, so you can't have it. ;-)

Scroll down to see what's new. New items & programming are always being added.

2003 Participant for Best of the Web award

a dizzy Hemi a dizzy Hemi

National Insulator Association
National Insulator Association # 7215

One way to display your NIA decal.
This backlight panel uses white LED lights to illuminate my NIA decal.

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The article about me in the 02-07 issue of Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine.

High Voltage sign

  • June 12, 2024: Updated some info. on this website.
  • May 16, 2024: My sister (whom I live with strictly-dictly for medical reasons) has stated beyond doubt that she will summarily throw all mailed/shipped items with my name on them straight into the dustbin, so I'm no longer able to accept insulators or go-withs.
  • November 22, 2023: I fell prey to a crippling stroke on 03-21-22; due to my present living sitation, my insulator collecting days are over. Everything that I owned was destroyed on 05-15-22 while I was still in the nursing home (yeah, the place that reeks like piddle and where a significant amount of the food tastes like cat food).
  • March 31, 2020: Added the, " to indicate that the insulator was stolen from me.
  • July 22, 2016: Received a CD106 [030], light pinkish straw, SDP. (F-skirt) BIRMINGHAM (R-skirt) 2 NO. 10 from a very nice woman in Florida.
  • June 25, 2014: Received the 2014 NIA Commemorative insulator (after purchasing it several days ago) in what I believe is Depression Glass Green. It is a solid pour; my first one of that style.
  • June 10, 2009: Purchased the 2009 NIA Commemorative insulator, in uranated* glass.
  • May 31, 2007: Received the "insulaters" and a "HIGH VOLTAGE" sign today!!!
  • May 25, 2007: Purchased some porcelain "insulaters" from a man in New York - they should arrive on 05-31-07.
  • February 21, 2007: My "how I became a collector" story was published in Crown Jewels of the Wire magazine!!!
  • September 16, 2006: Received the cobalt blue glass "insolater" today!!!
  • September 14, 2006: Bought a cobalt blue glass "conductor" from an ICON member.
  • July 27, 2006: Received the CD257 "piano stool foot" today.
  • July 21, 2006: Received two purple "insulaters" after putting a "WTB" on the ICON mailing list for one last week; I needed purple to replace the ones that were stolen from my collection in 2005.
  • July 21, 2006: Bought a squeaky mouse (CD257) "isolator" from Grampa Mac's Insulator Emporium.
  • June 07, 2006: The "insulaters" from BC arrived today! :-)
  • May 23, 2006: I just completed the deal to purchase 60-80 "insulaters" from a man in BC Canada; they are expected to arrive in Sacramento (I'm moving there on 05-26-06) around the first of June.
  • April 02, 2006: I just found out my ex-housemate sold most of the insulators and all of the commemoratives I had brought with me when I moved here in late-2004.
  • January 23, 2006: Bought my first "insulater" since moving in October 2004.
  • October 24, 2004: I moved, but most of my insulators did not.
  • June 08, 2004: Bought a CD137 "insulater" from another collector. No foto yet though.
  • May 26, 2004: Bought a CD170.1 from another collector.
  • May 19, 2004: Bought the 2004 NIA commemorative.
  • October 02, 2003: Bought a CD1105 "insulater" from another collector.
  • June 04, 2003: Bought both the 2002 and 2003 NIA commemoratives!
  • March 09, 2003: Picked up a CD154, CD233, and CD252 at a flea market this week.
  • February 19, 2003: Got 7 new "insulaters" from Mom and Uncle Pete!
  • March 06, 2002: Bought my first cornflower "insulater" ; a CD106.1 Duquesne!
  • February 10, 2002: Updated the New Arrivals page.
  • February 09, 2002: Updated the "insulater" show pages.
  • October 26, 2001: This site won its first Award!!
  • September 08, 2001: Updated the Wants page once again.
  • August 18 2001: Updated the collection page a bit after selling a prized specimen.
    That page needs an overhaul anyway because my collection is out of control. :-O
    The window display has been rebuilt and make quake-resistant.
  • February 28 2001: A magnitude 6.8-7.0 quake ripped Seattle apart. 1 dead and 750+ hurt. Damage was widespread, and included at least one large insulator collection... mine.
  • February 10 2001: NEW! The 'Bubbles and Garbage' page is now open!
  • Febrary 06 2001: Read the SHOW REPORT for that great "insulater" potluck!
  • February 03 2001: Great potluck, great glass too. Milky blue CD135, amber CD168, bright blue & pale cornflower blue CD145s and more!
  • January 23 2001: Knock knock! Got me one of those elusive Doorknobs (CD175)!
  • January 20 2001: New pics of "insulaters" in use have been posted on the Hemingray page.
  • January 05 2001: The last week has brought a menagerie of rare and visually appealing "insulaters" , including a MIVA CD677.7 T-bar, a Pyrex CD325, and a bright cobalt CD162 Hemingray No. 19.
  • December 25 2000: Under the tree: two very dark orange carnival Pyrex #661 "insulaters" . Thanks Mom!
  • December 04 2000: I got my first threadless "insulater" today, a CD735 Mulford & Biddle :)
  • November 20 2000: Updated the WANTED list. Please check and see if you have any of these.
  • November 20 2000: Got my first Australian glass today. Thanks Mike!
  • October 04 2000: I finally got a CD123 EC&M! It's bashed a little, but it's an EC&M!!!
  • October 02 2000: Mom sent four more! And I have no idea what they are!! :)
  • September 18 2000: My birthday money went to good use - a CD123 EC&M! :)
  • September 13 2000: My first "birthday" "insulater" - a very cute blue Hemi-9. :)
  • September 12 2000: The 151st "insulater" in my collection turned out to be a CD 151 !!!
  • September 11 2000: My Year 2000 NIA Commemorative showed up! And she's a beaut!

Last Updated 06-12-24
Just updated some contact info. on this website.
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* Uranated = infused with an oxide of uranium, not piddled on.

Note spelling: urAnated, not urEnated, urInated, urOnated, urUnated, or sometimes urYnated.

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