Message #29:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Glass Insulators
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 97 08:51:00 MST
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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).