Why would anyone collect insulators, anyway???

There are many different reasons.

  • Some love the associated history and "romance" of the era (railroads, telegraph, telephone, electricity).
  • Some got started because they were bottle collectors first, then they branched out.
  • Some folks like "old stuff," and insulators certainly qualify. The first were made around 1844.
  • Some just like the "purty glass" and how it looks in a window with the light shining through it.

  • Each person has their own reasons, many more than I could list here.

So what are my reasons?
As I investigated the hobby of insulator collecting, it seemed like a really good fit for me.
In fact, it seems I was almost pre-destined to collect insulators. Here is my insulator and glass "pedigree":

This porcelain piece is a U-746, 
also known as the "Redlands" insulator. 
It was designed in the 1890s for use on a line that ran 8 miles from the Mill Creek Station to Redlands, California.
This is the U-935, made by Imperial. 
The Redlands insulator was developed by modifying this design.

To learn more about the history of the Mill Creek to Redlands line, click here.

My great uncle, Wendell Ruth, puts the finishing touches
on a large punch bowl at the Corning Glass Factory.

To see where I first learned about collecting insulators, visit Bill Meier's excellent site:

You may discover you want to collect some for yourself!

Who am I?
What are insulators?
Why collect insulators?
Warning to new collectors!
How do you get insulators?
More insulator photos
My Samoyed Dogs
Samoyed Club of America
Antietam Creek Samoyed Club

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