All Insulators Crown Jewels of the Wire

Our Heritage

Published since 1969

Dora Harned created Crown Jewels of the Wire in March of 1969. Dora served as editor until May 1985.
Carol McDougald edited the publication from June 1985 through December 2002.
Howard Banks became the magazine’s third editor for the period of January 2003 through December 2018.
Shaun Kotlarsky became the 4th editor of the magazine in January of 2019, the 50th anniversary of the magazine.

For 50 years Crown Jewels of the Wire has been the leading publication for glass and porcelain insulator hobby news, history, articles with columns devoted to worldwide insulators, show reports, in-depth research articles, meeting announcements, photos and other insulator information. There is something for everyone who enjoys insulators!

Starting with the Spring 2019 edition, Crown Jewels has become a full-sized, 8.5” x 11”,  full color magazine that will be published quarterly.

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All Insulators - Crown Jewels of the Wire

All insulators - Crown Jewels of the Wire Magazine is published quarterly. Subscription is for 1yr / 4 issues.

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All Insulators - Crown Jewels of the Wire Magazine has a wide variety of content for collectors of all types of insulators. We publish articles covering specific insulator-related topics in each quarterly issue, written by our regular contributors. We also have articles written by readers of the magazine!

Being a quarterly publication allows the contributors to create some amazingly rich, well-researched articles. It is like getting a new book on insulators four times a year rather than a newsletter. 

Some of the topics regularly covered are:



  • Threadless insulators
  • Porcelain insulators
  • Insulators from around the world
  • North American glass insulators
  • Lightning rod insulators
  • Research on historic lines
  • Hunts and finds
  • Upcoming insulator show information

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Back Issues (Print): All Insulators - Crown Jewels of the Wire


2022

  • Back issue (Print): SPRING 2022 - 53.1
Spring 2022 - 53.1

Letter From the Editor
A Sea-Side Discovery
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Porcelain Insulator News
Worldwide Insulators
Brief Note: E.F. Klingel
Glass Insulators of the ATSF
Classified Ads

Back issue: SPRING 2022 - 53.1

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2022-01-53.1
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): Summer 2022 - 53.2
Summer 2022 - 53.2

Letter From the Editor
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Porcelain Insulator News
Worldwide Insulators
High Voltage Monsters
Classified Ads
Insulators for Kids
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: SUMMER 2022 - 53.2

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2022-02-53.2
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): Fall 2022 - 53.3
Fall 2022 - 53.3

The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Porcelain Insulator News
Worldwide Insulators
Straw CD 700 find
Glass insulators of the Southern Pacific’s Sunshine Route
Cayucos Show Report
Pennsylvania Insulator Show
Classified Ads
Insulators for Kids
Hunting for EC&M’s
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: FALL 2022 - 53.3

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2022-03-53.3
$10.00

2021


  • Back issue (Print): SPRING 2021 - 52.1
Spring 2021 - 52.1

Letter From the Editor
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
3D printing rare insulators
The Fred Locke Chronicles
New Mexico Memories
Maple Leaf Lines
New California Find
Classified Ads
Insulators for Kids
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: SPRING 2021 - 52.1

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2021-01-52.1
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): SUMMER 2021 - 52.2
Summer 2021 - 52.2

Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
The Fred Locke Chronicles
American Glass Mine Insulators
Maple Leaf Lines
Classified Ads
Insulators for Kids
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: SUMMER 2021 - 52.2

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2021-02-52.2
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): FALL 2021 - 52.3
Fall 2021 - 52.3

Worldwide Insulator
Porcelain Insulator News
The CD 731 Compromise Insulator
Perkiomenville, PA 2021 Show
Hemingray No 41
Maple Leaf Lines
Collecting Insulators On The Pueblo Sub
Classified Ads

Back issue: FALL 2021 - 52.3

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2021-03-52.3
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): WINTER 2021 - 52.4
Winter 2021 - 52.4

Letter From the Editor
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
Westinghouse Special No 1
Mystery Solved: CD 154 E.F.C.R
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Classified Ads

Back issue: WINTER 2021 - 52.4

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2021-04-52.4
$10.00

2020


  • Back issue (Print): SPRING 2020 - 51.1
Spring 2020 - 51.1

Letter From the Editor
Lightning Rod Insulators 101
2020 NIA National Show Update
The United States Telegraph Company
2019 Dixie Jewels Swap Meet
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Sophia’s Insulators
Classified Ads
Insulators For Kids
Upcoming Shows
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Back issue: SPRING 2020 - 51.1

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2020-01-51.1
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): SUMER 2020 - 51.2
Summer 2020 - 51.2

Letter From the Editor
Lightning Rod Insulators 101
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
eBay Mud
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
The Slaton Sub Salvage on the Texas Plains
Classified Ads
Insulators For Kids
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: SUMMER 2020 - 51.2

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2020-02-51.2
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): FALL 2020 - 51.3
Fall 2020 - 51.3

Letter From the Editor
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Southern Discoveries
The G.W. Robinson and John Brown Lightning Rod Insulator
Maple Leaf Lines
Side Pin Rural Telephone Lines
Brown and Boring
Classified Ads

Back issue: FALL 2020 - 51.3

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2020-03-51.3
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): WINTER 2020 - 51.4
Winter 2020 - 51.4

Letter From the Editor
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
The Fred Locke Chronicles
What Are The Odds (A New CD Number?)
Maple Leaf Lines
Porcelain Copies of Glass Ponies
Classified Ads

Back issue: WINTER 2020 - 51.4

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2020-04-51.4
$10.00

2019


  • Back issue (Print): SPRING 2019 - 50.1 - 50th anniversary
Spring 2019 - 50.1

Letter from the Editor
New Discovery - CD 120 RD No 156417
The History of La Verrerie Ouvriere d’Albi
Worldwide Insulators
Numbering Chart Updates
Letter to the Editor
Porcelain Insulator News
The Fred Locke Chronicles
An Intro To Glazed Wall Tube Collecting
Maple Leaf Lines
The “Elephant Pole”
2018 Tulare Collectibles Show
Mid-Ohio Coincidence
Full Circle
Insulators for Kids
Hunts and Finds - Purple CD 120 found
Classified Ads
Upcoming Shows
Obituaries

Back issue: SPRING 2019 - 50.1 - 50th anniversary

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2019-01-50.1
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): SUMMER 2019 - 50.2
Summer 2019 - 50.2

Letter From the Editor
How to Write a Show Report
A Quick Trip to France and Switzerland
Worldwide Insulators
Numbering Chart Updates
Porcelain Insulator News
Vanishing Pole Lines
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Brookfield Roman Helmet
Unity Pin Found
Left Coast Lines
A Call for Greater Efficiency
Identification, Reference, & Price Guide
Great Helmets Continued
Hunts and Finds - Two more CD 141.7 Twiggs found!
Insulators For Kids
Classified Ads
Hunts and Finds - Dark Cornflower Dominion found
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: SUMMER 2019 - 50.2

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2019-02-50.2
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): FALL 2019 - 50.3
Fall 2019 - 50.3

Letter From the Editor
Adventures Along A Few Abandoned Lines In France
Opporknockity Only Tunes Once
The Akron Smoking Pipe Company
Worldwide Insulators
2019 Perkiomenville PA Show Report
Porcelain Insulator New
Finding “Big Blue” CD 735.7
Classified Ads
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Maple Leaf Lines
Remembering Nathan R. Woodward
Impossible Insulator
Insulators For Kids
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: FALL 2019 - 50.3

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2019-03-50.3
$10.00

  • Back issue (Print): WINTER 2019 - 50.4
Winter 2019 - 50.4

Letter From the Editor
Who Patented This Strange Insulator?
RAIN, RAIN, AND MORE RAIN
THE “PENNSYLVANIA HATS”
Worldwide Insulators
Porcelain Insulator News
Pittsburg Love Token
Classified Ads
The Fred Locke Chronicles
Numbering Chart updates
Maple Leaf Lines
West Texas Christmas Green Hemingray 42s
Insulators For Kids
Upcoming Shows

Back issue: WINTER 2019 - 50.4

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2019-04-50.4
$10.00

Sets of 4


  • Back issue (Print): 2019 SET OF 4

Back issue: Set of 4 2019

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$40.00

  • Back issue (Print): 2020 SET OF 4
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Back issue: Set of 4 2020

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$40.00

  • Back issue (Print): 2021 SET OF 4

Back issue: Set of 4 2021

BCK-AI-CJOTW-2021-SET-52
$40.00

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MonthsDeadline for articles / subscription renewalsRelease date (Digital)Estimated arrive date (Print)
SpringMarch - April - MayFebruary 10thMarch 1stMarch 20th
SummerJune - July - August May 10thJune 1stJune 20th
FallSeptember - October - NovemberAugust 10thSeptember 1stSeptember 22nd
WinterDecember - January - FebruaryNovember 10thDecember 1stDecember 21st

NOTE: Please allow up to 30 days for delivery of print edition (Most are received within 14 days)

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