Hemingray Number 45 Glass Insulator by Mark  Reep

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For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of trading in antiques, collectibles etc is photographing them. This is a Hemingray Number 45 glass insulator. Millions were produced for long distance telephone lines from 1938-1960. They’re not highly sought after, or worth a great deal; collectibility is often about rarity, and too many were made.

Form not only served function beautifully in this design, but held its own in a way we’d consider indulgent, wasteful now. I wonder how many of today’s similarly utilitarian components, packaging products etc will survive this long, be considered lovely art objects one day.


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I’m an artist, writer, and editor. My drawings, photography, fiction, poetry, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Art Collector, Endicott Journal, Bluecanvas 14, Prick of the Spindle, Blue Fifth Review, Metazen, Moon Milk Review, Smash Cake, Gloom Cupboard, Fictionaut Selects, Big City Lit, Word Riot, and many other publications. Visit my website: http://markreep.net

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  • Roger Mann
    Roger Mann12 months ago

    You’ve turned an everyday object into a thing of beauty.

  • Hello Roger, thank you. Guess that’s a big part of what we do isn’t it, sharing the beauty we find. All best!

    – Mark Reep

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