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  • Crowd gathers around Mike Murphy as he unpacks CD 121 Am. Tel. tolls

2019 Lone Star Insulator Club show and sale


The Twenty-Eighth Annual Lone Star Insulator Club show and sale was held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 in the Pasadena Room at the Hobby Airport Marriott Inn in Houston, Texas.  My alarm phone lit up at 4:45 a.m.  A last-quarter moon hung over my neighborhood as I hit the road.  Tolls were waived over the Beltway 8 Sam Houston Ship Channel Bridge, so I went that way.  The front lot at the hotel was closed, so I had to troll the back lot for a parking space.  I relaxed in the hotel atrium for about ten minutes before the breakfast area opened.  I was loading a plate with bacon, biscuits, and blueberries when Chris Renaudo found me in the serving line. ...

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New Discovery CD 120 RD No 156417

Richard Dobing from Bath, Ontario discovered this previously unknown embossing. This CD 120 has RD No 156417 embossed on the front skirt and a number 9 on the back skirt. This is now the third known insulator with the RD Number on it, the other two are CD 133 RD No 154745 and the CD 126 RD No 149959. There is also a fourth RD Number for the yet to be found CD 134 RD 154744 ...

Categories: New Discovery
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  • My First Insulator CD 154 Hemingray-42

Letter from the Editor Spring 2019

Welcome to the 50th anniversary edition of All Insulators - Crown Jewels of the Wire Magazine! This issues also signifies the beginning of the next generation of the magazine. A lot has changed in the hobby and world since Crown Jewels of the Wire Magazine was first published in March of 1969. We will cover this later in this article.

Categories: Letter from the Editor
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The History of La Verrerie Ouvriere d’Albi

Little has been written about La Verrerie Ouvriere d’Albi (VOA). Although this company was a late starter in the manufacturing of glass insulators, they did begin producing CD640’s and CD642’s in 1917.The history of the company began in 1752 in the town of Carmaux, 15 kilometers north of Albi. In the beginning, the company operated under several different names before it became La Verrerie d’Albi. ...

Categories: Worldwide Insulators
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