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My Insulator Collection

I started collecting insulators when I was 15 (more than 25 years ago). I used to go hiking with a friend to collect them along the railway tracks from abandoned pole lines. Over the years I bought various pieces in antique shops and flea markets but my collecting was basically dormant. Since renewing my interest in collecting glass insulators, I have learned that most of my older insulators are very common and not worth a lot of money.

I have walked and/or driven along quite a few sections of railroad tracks in this area over the past years, and have found some rather common insulators. I later learned that other local collectors have already covered every railway line within hundred's of miles of here, picking up anything worthwhile a number of years ago. Many of the lines in this area have been completely cleared of poles and wires, with almost no trace of the old telegraph lines visible now.

Through eBay I have expanded my collection and interests to include some very nice carnival pieces as well as a number of insulators from Australia and Europe. I buy at least "something" on eBay almost every week and am constantly receiving care packages in my mailbox. Armed with my trusty Price Guides, I bravely shop the world for new gems every week.

In 2001 I built a 15' long Snag-a-Lator pole. It seems to work quite well, and I am now on the hunt for some low-flying local glass to liberate.

I have also joined ICON (Insulator Collectors On the Net) which is a great source of information, help and encouragement from some of the best collectors in the world.

I have been buying various old insulator books for reference along with all the glass I've bought. These old books make for very informative reading to see some of the history behind our pretty chunks of glass. Look under Collection, Book List on the navigation menu to see a list of the books I have.

Here's an overall look at my collection. As you can see, it lives on a series of shelves in a section of my basement. All the shelves are either backlit or lit from above using clear vinyl rope lights. You can see the glow of the rope lights along the back of the upper shelves and under the lower shelves. Along the front edge of each shelf is a plastic channel that holds CD number labels. I have a hard time gettng a good picture of the shelves as the furnace prevents me from getting far enough away directly in front of the shelves.

Top of PageA Virtual Tour of My Insulator Collection

Just move your mouse pointer over the pictures and boxes will pop up describing different sections on the shelves.

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