Glass telephone poles to be manufactured

[Trade Journal]

Publication: China, Glass & Lamps

Pittsburgh, PA, United States
vol. 27, no. 32, p. 5, col. 2



United States Consular Agent Gustav C. Kothe, of Cassel, an agency of the Frankfort consulate, states that an architect of that city has been granted patents in Germany and other European countries and also in the United States for an invention for the manufacturing of glass telegraph poles. Mr. Kothe writes:

A stock company has been organized and a factory for the manufacturing of glass poles has been built at Grossalmerode, a town near this city. The glass mass of which the poles are made is strengthened by interlacing and intertwining with strong wire threads.

One of the principle advantages of these poles would be their use in tropical countries, where wooden poles are soon destroyed by the ravages of insects and where climatical influences are ruinous to wood. The selling price of the poles has not been fixed yet, but the company is willing to accept 25 marks ($6) for a pole of the length of 7 meters (about 23 feet). The Imperial Post Department, which has control of the telegraph and telephone lines in this country, has ordered the use of these glass poles on one of their tracts.


Researcher notes: 
Supplemental information: 
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:December 30, 2006 by: Elton Gish;