Collectors of all kinds gather for annual fair

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copyright the Chronicle February 21, 2018


ORLEANS — Larry Kryzsko — pronounced like the shortening, he says — is passionate about antique glass insulators.

He collects the kind that used to hold electric and telegraph wires away from the poles in the 1800s and early 1900s. He started picking them up along railroad lines as a kid, he says.

Since then, he’s hunted for old insulators at flea markets and yard sales. And he trades for them with other collectors.

Over the years, collectors have given insulators nicknames based on their shapes. There’s the spaceship, and one called gingerbread boy. Another’s called big mouth, and then there’s one called the frog.




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