It’s hard to imagine any one of us with our fascination for telegraph poles not being rather enthusiastic about insulators too. From Bullers to Wades and from potheads to GPO double-grooves they would seem as varied as life itself. It is this broad spectrum of types from the everyday to the obscure which excites the collector instinct within us.
This all brings me to this week’s correspondence. First is not-so-much collector of insulators, but remover-and-flogger thereof. Rob A51 – yes that seems to be his name – is presumably a dealer in ye olde telegraph poles and has lots of surplus ceramics which he then flogs on ebay under the usernames inty475 or fergytractor2012. His latest batch is shown above left. If anybody would like to contact Rob A51 re any of these insulators then please drop us a line and I’ll put you in touch – he’s in Tarporley, Cheshire by the way.
Next was Lisa Croft from Essex who told us she’d inherited the insulators in the second photo – how lucky is that, all I ever inherited was the lousy Monet that hangs in our bathroom. Anyway, Lisa knows nowt about insulators but quickly worked out from her correspondence with me that the green one in her picture is definitely not a common one. Maybe it was my offering to take a taxi for the 200 mile trip just to look at and hold that elusive green insulator which made her nervous. Either way, she’s gone very quiet. Or maybe she’s waiting to hear back from Sotheby’s. Anyway, Lisa would like to be selling these and we would be happy to pass on any interest.
Finally, an amazing collector from British Columbia, Canada contacted me today. Mark Lauckner tells us he has accumulated some 3,800 different insulators since 1973, with 3,000 on display as a private museum. Here he has 200 or so display cards showing company histories, patents and inventors etc. This all adjacent to his glassblowing studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada. And if you do all that facebook thingy they all seem to be at these days, then you can check out his page “insulator mark” which has many pictures from inside the museum. He also recommends this brilliant insulator site: www.insulators.info
Mark, my hat is off to you.