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Pole Top Discoveries" March Sale #2103 (Closed #358116)

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#1117     U-149     TO THE BEST GIRL IN DERRY     BELLE HUGHES   1909.     White

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#1117     U-149     TO THE BEST GIRL IN DERRY     BELLE HUGHES   1909.     White porcelain.

An amazing item with an even more amazing history!  This insulator was made by Hilary Noel, an employee who worked for the Pittsburgh High Voltage Insulator Company in Derry, Pennsylvania.  He carved his initials "H.P.N." inside the insulator.  Apparently he made it in 1909 for his favorite gal at the time, Belle Hughes.  They were married in 1914, and raised a family of several children.  The insulator likely had a special place in the couple's home through their lives.  

To top it all off, an original picture of a large group of the factory workers in Derry also surfaced.   Included in the photo was none other than Hilary Noel!  (see red "X" in fourth image)  

The old photograph and the insulator are being offered together in this auction lot.

For a more complete story of the amazing discovery of these items, see the Winter, 2019 issue of All Insulators - Crown Jewels of the Wire Magazine.

Insulator remains very, very near mint.   The 11' x 7" photograph has some wear and tear, to be expected of a 100+ year old photo.