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Have you ever seen those glass or porcelain objects on top of telephone poles and wondered why they are there?

Get prepared to discover additional information about these quiet heroes of the communication realm.

These cool gadgets, called insulators, have an important job of preventing the wires they hold from getting too close to the pole or, even worse, the ground below.

Imagine attempting a long-distance call only to have your voice fade after a short distance – it would definitely be frustrating! Without them, all the electricity (or those important phone calls) would simply dissipate.

The world of insulators offers a variety of styles and colors. In the past, they were mainly made of glass or porcelain, but now they can be made from wood, glass, animal parts, and other unusual materials.

The size of the birds determined who they socialized with – smaller ones stayed with the telephone and telegraph groups, while larger ones mingled with the high-voltage electrical wires.

The size of the insulator required for power lines depends on the voltage. If the voltage is high, there is a possibility of “flashover,” where the electricity jumps a long distance. To prevent this, insulators with large umbrella-shaped disks and wide lower skirts are used to keep the wire away from the pole. This information is provided by My Insulators.

Surprisingly, there exists a thriving community dedicated to collecting insulators. This trend gained popularity during the vibrant 1960s when utility companies began burying their wires. Many of these old-fashioned insulators were left behind and discarded. However, as the saying goes, what one person considers trash, another person considers treasure.

Collectors have different preferences. Some enjoy decorating their spaces with colorful glass pieces, while others search for specific insulators. Prices vary, from very cheap to extremely expensive. Rare items can be worth a lot of money, but there are also good deals available. You might find a bargain for less than a dollar, or even get a free item at flea markets.

Insulators held by collectors are typically 70 to 145 years old, with some types dating back to the early 1900s. Items that are old and no longer made often become collectibles, and insulators are no different.

When you see a unique glass or porcelain insulator on a telephone pole, remember to acknowledge its important contribution to communication history.

They may appear outdated, but they have greatly influenced our ability to stay connected, whether it’s through a phone call or a quick text message. You never know, you might even feel motivated to begin your own collection!

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