Exhibit of Electric Service Supplies Company at Chicago Electrical Show includes Locke insulators

[Trade Journal]

Publication: Western Electrician

Chicago, IL, United States
vol. 40, no. 4, p. 74-88, col. 1-3


The second annual Chicago Electrical Show, which has been in progress at the Coliseum for two weeks, beginning January 14th, was, without doubt, the most complete, profitable and generally successful electrical trade exposition ever given in this country. It might well be called an educational exposition, as the predominating spirit among the exhibitors seemed to be along the lines of making clear to the public the manifold uses to which electricity can be put and to demonstrate the innumerable advantages in the application of electricity to every-day work in every walk of life.

All kinds of electrical machines, devices and appliances, with kindred apparatus, were exhibited at the show, as a study of the pages in this issue devoted to the show will prove. Some of the newest inventions and developments in the electrical field were shown for the first time, and there was much that appealed to the purely technical man and the student of electricity.

Attendance throughout the two weeks was very large, even during the extremely bad weather of the first week. The electrical industry in its various branches was represented by visitors from all parts of the country, and the exhibitors were not confined to Chicago, but came from the whole country; and there were also exhibits of some foreign products.

The special days at the show brought out large throngs. On Franklin day, Thomas A. Edison day and Telephone day the management gave out some very neat souvenirs. There were also several conventions and meetings of electrical men during the exposition, among these being the very successful annual convention of the Northwestern Electrical Association, and the organization meeting of the Chicago branch of the Illuminating Engineering Society. These are reported elsewhere in this issue.

A large gathering of the Sons of Jove was occasioned by the show and an enthusiastic rejuvenation was enjoyed, 43 new members being added to the ranks. An effort will now be made to form a Jovian Club in Chicago. This will provide weekly lunches and a monthly meeting for rejuvenations and to listen to matters of interest to the members. Mr. Blocker, W. P. Crockett and A. O. Einstein are on the committee arranging this work.

Central-station men were greatly interested in the hew illuminating devices recently developed and some of them show for the first time in public. The ladies were attracted by the demonstrations in household cooking and heating devices, and the numerous motor-driven machines,. Telephone men had an opportunity to inspect the very latest telephones, switchboards and parts.

A Daytime View of the Chicago Electrical Show.


What is said to be the largest insulator ever made was exhibited by the Electric Service Supplies Company, Chicago. It is asserted that it will withstand 100,000 volts. In the Imperial arc headlights for interurban, cars, as shown, the carbons are placed at such an angle that no dark spot is visible. The company also showed a line of protected rail-bonds which are in service on the largest railroads in the country. A contrivance known as the automotoneer, devised for the purpose of preventing motormen of street cars from turning on the full current in one sweep of the controller handle, attracted much attention. This company represented the Locke Insulator Manufacturing Company, Victor, N. Y.; Speer Carbon Company, St. Marys, Pa.; Crouse-Hinds Company, Syracuse, N. Y.; Miller Anchor Company, Norwalk, Ohio; Sterling Varnish Company, Pittsburg, Pa.; Colonial. Electric Company, Warren, Ohio, and other concerns.


Keywords:Locke Insulator Manufacturing Company : Electric Service Supplies Company
Researcher notes:The Electric Service Supplies Company exhibit is located in the bottom center of the picture. Large multipart insulators are visible in the picture.
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Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:October 9, 2009 by: Bob Stahr;