Message #29: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Glass Insulators Date: Thu, 16 Jan 97 08:51:00 MST Encoding: 25 TEXT SWA will add to it's pages a web site called Glass Insulators. The site provides interesting information about glass insulators. More importantly, associated personal pages reveal the minds of collectors. It seems these collectors travel the rail lines and back country in pickups and on mountain bikes. Most search for old telephone poles. As "long as there are no more wires" on the pole, they collect the insulators. One collector confides that he is in it for the chase and not the artifact; he practices 'catch and release' insulators -- leaving some insulators behind for the next collector. Another collector reveals his technique for removing insulators from tall poles. Many personal pages describe insulator pricing. Most of the collectors seem to be average 'joes' and janes' interested in history and artifacts. Rare in their vocabulary, however, is the idea of landowner permission, whether the property is public, state or private. The concepts 'thou shall not covet' and 'thou shall not steal' seem not to apply. A brief story in the January 15, 1997 edition of the New Times reveals similar attitudes among metal detectives (persons who use metal detectors).