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Here is our album of "baby pictures", better known as New Arrivals.
This is the "older" New Arrivals page; stuff I've gotten prior to 2002.

cd196 The Doorknob negm
On the left is a H.G. Co. CD196. Wonder why most of these are busted.
In the middle is a Hemingray CD175, usually nicknamed "The Doorknob".
On the right is a CD267.5 N.E.G.M. This is one big-ass chunk of glass. :)

Maybe this page should be renamed "New departures" instead. :(
Hemingray CD154 smooth-base (sharp bevel variant), cornflower McLaughlin CD164,
California CD145 in sage green, and parts of CD168 in amber and an amber fishing ball.
These insulators and a few more all died in the Seattle Ash Wednesday earthquake. :(

(Left): CD734 McMicking in clear light aqua with 'black bubble' artifact
(Right) CD325 Pyrex in straw

Meet the new neighbors. :(
I just hope they're careful with that thing.

My lovely waterfront view... turns to garbage! A garbage disposal tube, that is.
Looks like my insulators won't be seeing any sun for a long, long time. (and neither will that plant!)

Insulators and bugs? Why not?
This trio of dead dragonflies gets along fine with an Agee 30 that has a stick up its %@*#$!

amber glass more amber glass pleated 121
Here are three recent finds...
(Left): Red-amber CD162 Hemingray-19 signal (extremely rare)
(Center) Red-amber CD168 Hemingray D510 (uncommon but not rare)
(Right) Blue CD121 Canadian 'no-name' (only CD121 with a pleated skirt, uncommon)

A trio of thingies
Two of these came from the potluck, and one is fresh from the cleaning bucket.
Left: H.G.CO. CD145 in a pale cornflower or cornflower/steel blue mix.
Center: Windex blue base embossed Am. Insulator Co. CD145.
Right: Lightning rod insulator in a pale aqua, finally stripped of paint.

cobalt Hemi 19

Here is my first cobalt insulator. It has an exceptionally bright, clear appearance unlike any other cobalt insulator I've seen either live or on web pages.

Most of these seem to have a kind of dirty, dinghy appearance; this one is extremely clean and has a very bright, rich cobalt blue color.

I'll be paying on this one for a couple of months, but it will be WELL worth it!!

Columbia LSV

Here is a Columbia #2 L.S.V. in the CD262 style, in a sweet color I would call "ice cornflower blue".

These commemorative insulators come in a variety of colors; however I have heard this is a tougher color to find in this piece. This is one of my ebay finds, one which I had to take "anti-sniping" measures to acquire - as it was rather popular.

But nothing took more effort to get than my Hemingray E_14B in light opalescent. Talk about having to sit on an auction - it was clear a lot of people really, really wanted that insulator!

My First Threadless!

This beautiful old girl is a CD735 Mulford & Biddle threadless.

Sure, she's bashed, missing some skirt glass, and she's been repaired - but this tough old gal stands up on her own and displays acceptably well from the U.P.R.R. side.

What makes this special is that it is my very first threadless insulator. I'm probably going to just sit on the couch and gawk at the thing for awhile, until I get used to seeing a real live threadless in my window display!

I'm sure she'll look even better once the sun comes back next May!

7-Up green
Here is a very nice CD214 Hemingray-43 in a beautiful, rich 7-Up green.

This old girl was languishing in a basement until I put out a rescue call for abused and neglected insulators, and the adoption agency called a few days later to tell me of this pretty gal they found.

Now she has a new home amongst other adoptees, and is quickly making friends with some purple Californias and an injured W.G.M. Co purple beehive.

attic ins attic ins
An attic spool insulator and a LRI.
I thought these things only came in brown or white porcelain. Imagine my surprise when I saw these in aqua and light blue glass for the first time. The one on the left is a CD1087 "B".

The painted-over piece is an example of a "side tab lightning rod insulator" (LRI).
This is one example of more than 130 styles of these that come in glass.
Later, porcelain was used; and they were made until around 1940.
Once I figure out what will take the ugly silver spray paint off, I'll get some better pictures of it.


And here it is... a very pretty pale aqua LRI. A few days in the cleaning bucket took care of her!

EC&M Happy Birthday!
LEFT: I never thought I'd ever really own a CD123 EC&M !!!
But there is is. It's fizzy & steamy inside, so it's very pretty to look at when illuminated.

RIGHT: Who says that a "common" insulator can't be special?
My mom in Alaska sent this cute blue Hemi-9 in my birthday box.
If I had to pick just one insulator to save during a disaster, this is the one.
Thanks, Mom!

Commemorative insulator
A very pretty peacock blue commemorative showed up today.
It's the NIA 2000 commemorative, and is my first.

carnival suspension
Carnival suspension insulator hanging from my green Enumclaw disk.

new insulator :)
Cal. Elec. Works CD130.1 in cobalt blue.
Is it live, or is it Memorex?

Jewels of Port Jervis
Seven lucky little B-hives, seven spaces for them now go in the window.

Sometime you might be fortunate enough to come across a group of insulators that are inseperable. Insulators that once lived together on the same line, insulators with "pedigree papers" showing their true origins. These seven little beehives are just such a group.

Found in Port Jervis, New York, these insulators once served proudly on the Deleware and Hudson Canal, a primary coal transport waterway from Pennsylvania to New York.
Telegraph lines used on this canal were insulated with these wonderfully transparent & colorful jewels.

Knowing the history behind this group of insulators makes them that much more special. It isn't often that there is printed proof of where an insulator served its duty, so if you should come across something like this, consider yourself a very lucky insulator nut indeed.

new home
Click the jewels to see a full-sized picture of them.

Here is a "formal" listing of these Port Jervis Jewels:

CD145 [010], light blue, SB. (Dome) 8 (F-skirt) B
CD145 [010], light aqua, SB. (Dome) 9 (F-skirt) B
CD145 [040], emerald green/amber swirling, SB. (F-skirt) B
CD145 [040], aqua, SB. (F-skirt) B
CD145 [040], aqua, SB. (F-skirt) B
CD145 [010], aqua, SB. (Dome) 00 (F-skirt) B
CD145 [020], light/ice aqua, SB. (Dome) G (F-skirt) B (R-skirt) B

My personal thanks and gratitude go to John Ceccherelli for the seven beautiful beehives and for the story behind them.

Foreign Mud
My first foreign insulator, which showed up on my doorstep
this morning, in a package addressed from the United
Kingdom. A note inside identified it as a British rail insulator
of some kind, circa 1950s. The embossing on the top confirms it.

This is the first of I hope many foreign insulators that find
their way into my Seattle collection. My thanks to new friend
Debra W. in the UK for this one. And to think it all started
with our discussing our pet rats! Who woulda thunk it?

Magnification of embossing

This picture shows the incuse as best as I could. It shows a multipart insulator with wire and pin, arcing (sparking) and being held in a hand. (gee, that sounds dangerous!)
A collector of foreign porcelain has identified it as a U-1549. The official listing for it would go something like this:

U-1549 - Bullers marking (Lightning W/insulator & hand),1955 made in England, Off White-3"x4 7/8"-Top rest-incuse marking

underside of Brit beauty
The insulator has an unusually small diameter inner skirt, and a very small
pinhole that isn't threaded until it's in the dome area, way up inside there.
I've been told this type of insulator was usually cemented to its pin, which is why the threads are so far up inside there.

The inner skirt is also very long, attaching up inside the dome area as well.
This insulator has a very long leakage path for those rainy British winters.

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