This week I have had an extended discourse and exchange of photographs with Geoff Hood. Geoff keeps bees, and likes to tend to them wearing just his battered, wrinkly and ageing set of Emperor’s new clothes. Like swimming in the arctic ocean, I imagine meithering a load of bees whilst wearing the sheerest of invisible fabrics can make one feel fully alive. We are similar, Geoff and I, in our pursuit of naturist activities. I have been known to remove all my clothing shortly before taking a bath. I also have a penchant for nude arc-welding.
Anyway, our exchange was in three parts :
1. Geoff is a fan of LPTB Trollybus poles. Of the 1938 variety. And he found us through his research into sticky-uppy things – there we are with the naturism again!*1 He tells me there are only two left – in Ferry Lane, Tottenham. These poles meet all our appreciating criteria in that they are tall, sticky-uppy and wooden, except that they carry no wires. But 3 out of 4 is good enough for me, and the fact that there’re only these two left means they need appreciating all the more.
Here we have different views of the same two poles. Geoff says they were used up until 1960 as 600A DC, later 240V DC trolleybus poles. He points out the light shield for train drivers in the 3rd photo. Apologies to that famous, non tax-paying search engine company whose photos we have purloined for educational purposes.
And so to next part of our exchange:
2. A collection of photos of various track-side poles in Sri Lanka. Now some of these are a bit out of focus. This is either because Geoff was in a fast-moving train at the time, or because his hands were shaking following an extended session of bee-keeping whilst nude. You decide. In no particular order of telegraphic scrumminess. Enjoy.
3. Our final exchange was a set of photos with a question: “What’s the purpose of the finials on the older poles like the one I am talking to you now? Did they hold cables for the old ceramic pots see photo or just rain protection? It is an quite old GPO pole 1950 36ft but still has a green climeable inspection plate 2013, the rest of the street were replaced in 2000.”
Well, as far as I know, wooden finials were a 1930s fashion thing – from a time when form actually over-ruled function. The good old days, I think they’re often referred to. But this being a 1950 pole, our readers may know different.