Telegraph Poles as Navigation Aids

Well, I’ve been banging on about this for years. Fact or fiction, that telegraph poles are aligned to have their insulators face towards London. There was evening a major film with Stoddart E. Schmelhausen in the title role of The Pole Liner you may recall. But really, always, without some real documentary evidence.

Until NOW that is. Thanks to the magic that is telegraph pole enthusiast Rick Howell. He tells us he was reading The Light Car Manual – published in 1914 when he came upon the nugget you see below.
We have feebly covered the topic on here before <here> and <here> and also within the weighty, sage tome Telegraph Pole Appreciation for Beginners which we absolutely insist you buy <here> because it is only £5.99 after all, and if you root around on this website you’ll find a further 10% discount code called IAMSKINT to use at the checkout. Thanks Rick for this epic find.

The Mathematics of Telegraph Poles

Maths and the Telegraph PoleI often wonder if many Polish people end up on here.  Or those with an interest in Polish folk – especially those connected with the history of the telegraph as a means of communication, perhaps.

My wife says I wonder too much.  In an effort to dissuade me from too much wondering my son bought me this rather excellent, long-lost book for my birthday…

Hard sums from a telegraph pole book “Maths and the Telegraph Pole” tells the story of the hard sums that people who put up telegraph poles have to do, in their heads, all the time holding on to lengths of wire.  Things such as vectors, triangles, newtons, pythagoras, square roots and more vectors – bigger ones.  Here for example is a really hard telegraph pole sum I found on page 40. 

I’m afraid I failed my Bachelors degree at Telegraph Pole College and so all of this looks decidedly Egyptian to me. Or possibly even Polish!