13 Jul 2009

glass insulators

Posted by Teapots Happen

June 25, 2007

It was Monday morning and I was at work, my mind wandering back to the weekend’s fun times.

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inside the brewery ruins

 

Remembering that we’d scavenged some greenish glass electrical insulators from some brewery ruins, I did a little Googling to see if I could find out more about what the insulators I’d found were.

I quickly discovered that there’s a whole hobby devoted to he collection of glass insulators. Since Jeremy and Mandy had grabbed a couple of the brewery insulators too, I emailed them a few URLs:

Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 9:35 AM

Subject: RE: green insulators

http://www.rainbowriderstradingpost.com/green.html

http://www.insulators.com

http://www.nia.org

Then I left my office and went out to my car, to get the brewery insulators I’d found (now that I knew more about how they’re classified, I wanted to see what color they were, what markings, etc).

 

glass insulators (not my pic, just examples)

glass insulators (not my pic, just examples)

When I got back to my computer, I found an instant message waiting from my friend Emilie – who had no idea that I’d brought insulators home.

While I’d been out at my car getting my insulators, she had typed me a tale of synchronicity she’d experienced that weekend … about glass insulators! (She had not been with us at the brewery and had no idea we’d gotten some.)

Here is our chat exchange:

[09:42] Emilie:

oh yeah hey i did one a them damn teapot things u did

i was at the flea market, and i love old glass, like bottles, i love colored glass, and etched, i just like glass damnit.

i have a few a them colored glass things that go on the old telephone poles

and i used the last one i got from Osceola as a flower pot, but i wanted one for my water dragon

so i was on a mission at the flea market

and the last table i finally found one

a light blue one, and i was disappointed cuz it was small, and i wanted a big one, but at this point i wasn’t picky, so i bought it for a buck 50


[09:46] Me:

oh, fucking weird


[09:46] Emilie:

then yesterday i went down my crawl space (mines upstairs)

so i went all the way down there cuz i saw a box with treasures in tit


[09:46] Me:

hell yes you did a teapot thing, it’s still happening now

I am forwarding you an email I sent maybe 3 minutes ago


[09:47] Emilie:

so i got out my box, but something else pulled my hand into the other box the treasures were in, and i felt it!

my clear glass thing like that!

same size

same insignia

now they both sit in the lizard tank!


[09:48] Me:

in that brewery, we found some old greenish glass insulators.

I’ve never collected them before but I thought they’d make a nice keepsake. so we took em, Mandy and I got 4 between us

a few minutes ago

I started thinking about em

looked up some stuff online

sent some links to mandy and junkyard about em

then I went out to my car to look at em quick to see what style they were

when I came back, you had typed a whole bunch about glass insulators


[09:50] Emilie:

uh huh, weird, thats what theyre called huh?

i just did that on saturday

[09:50] Me:

on Sunday, I went glass insulator happy


[09:51] Emilie:

and sunday i found my older one, exactly the same, i havent seen it for years …

 

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4 Responses to “glass insulators”

  1. random insulator note: in the “Horseshoe Crabs & Lamp” post, there is a large old glass insulator shown on top of the lamp, which Emilie and I recovered from an abandoned ore dock on Lake Superior in the fall of 2007. (pic)

     

    teapotshappen

  2. cool. I have some of those on the outside of my house and the carriage house which is now a garage.

     

    Adrea

  3. Hang on to ’em. Google the subject ‘shabby chic’ or ‘cottage style’ and you’ll find oodles of blogs with pics (of insulators) of those folks who collect them.

     

    Musingegret

  4. […] in our cars (it’s a long story). Some coincidences were more eyebrow raising – like the glass insulator incident I posted about […]

     

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