would anyone collect insulators, anyway???
are many different reasons.
Some love the associated
history and "romance" of the era (railroads, telegraph, telephone,
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
Some just like the
"purty glass" and how it looks in a window with the light shining
Each person has
their own reasons, many more than I could list here.
what are my reasons?
As I investigated
the hobby of insulator collecting, it seemed like a really good fit for
In fact, it seems
I was almost pre-destined to collect insulators. Here is my insulator
Charles J. Walton, Sr.) worked for Southern California Edison. He was
occasional collector of insulators he found while working.
had other relatives
(Ruth family) who were glass workers in the Corning, NY area. The
Glass Factory made insulators.
love mucking about
outdoors. Guess I've always been a bit of a tomboy. Hunts sounded like
I admit it. I like
"purty" glass and old stuff.
am a fan of the Victorian
age. Insulator manufacture was at its heyday during the Industrial
associated with that era.
is a style of
porcelain insulator (U-746) that gets its nickname from my
was the clincher. How could I resist?
This porcelain piece
is a U-746,
also known as the "Redlands"
It was designed in the 1890s
for use on a line that ran 8 miles from the Mill Creek Station to
This is the U-935, made
The Redlands insulator was
developed by modifying this design.
To learn more about the
history of the Mill Creek to
Redlands line, click
My great uncle, Wendell Ruth,
puts the finishing touches
a large punch bowl at
the Corning Glass Factory.
To see where I
first learned about collecting insulators, visit Bill Meier's excellent
may discover you want to
collect some for yourself!
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