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Yankee Polecat Insulator Club show Sept 8 in East Hampton

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In the mid-1960s, many people began collecting these antique glass insulators. Today, there are thousands of collectors who combine a love of design with an interest in science, technology and history. Photo courtesy of Yankee Pole Cat Insulators Club

The Yankee Pole Cat Insulator Club will hold its annual fall show from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 68 Long Crossing Road in East Hampton, CT on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Glass insulators were first produced in the 1850s for use with telegraph lines. As technology developed, insulators were needed for telephone lines, electric power lines and other applications.

In the mid-1960s, many Americans began collecting these antique glass insulators. Today, there thousands of collectors who combine a love of design with an interest in science, technology and history.

A rare “Paisley” cobalt blue electrical insulator. Photo courtesy of National Insulator Association

The Yankee Pole Cat Insulator Club (YPCIC), founded in 1971, draws its members from New England and bordering states and has approximately 60 active members.

Today’s show will include such items as: insulators; vintage bottles, jars and flasks; lightning rod equipment; telephone and telegraph collectibles; railroad advertising and paper ephemera and small antiques.

The Yankee Pole Cat Insulator Club also sponsors an annual spring show on the last Sunday in March in Enfield, CT and hosts two cookout/swap meets in the summer at various locations in New England.

A club newsletter is published around four times a year.  Currently, there are no annual dues.

To join the Pole Cats or for more information contact Bill Meier at 1-978-369-0208 or ypcic@clubs.insulators.info; or John Rajpolt at 1-203-261-1190 or rajpolt@earthlink.net

For more information about the Sept. 8 show, call 860-267-8584.

Posted September 8, 2012

Related links: “Yankee Pole Cat Insulator Club hosts annual show,” April 6, 2011, Reminder News http://www.remindernews.com/article/2011/04/06/yankee-pole-cat-insulator-club-hosts-annual-show

Information on collecting insulators http://www.collectinginsulators.com

Website dedicated to listing collectors’ groups http://oldinsulators.com/insulatorindex/

National Insulator Association http://www.nia.org

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