Publication: Electrical World
New York, NY, United States
Fitch Maynard, proprietor of the Perry Hoxie & Co. machine shops in New London, Conn., has invented an automatic-acting insulator or wire holder for telegraph or telephone wires, which is said to be cheap and to possess many advantages over the old system of stringing or putting up the wires, The invention consists of two blocks of wood, hinged at one end and bound together by a wire latch at the other. In the middle of the blocks, facing each other and making a close joint when the apparatus is shut, are set in two cubes of glass, through which a groove is cut and through which groove the wire passes and is held firmly, One of the pieces of wood is larger than the other and turned down to a round handle so that it may be set into a staple on the telegraph pole. The scheme does away with all wire twisting around the common glass insulators as at present, and it can be operated as rapidly as the mechanical labor of shutting the wires into the machine will admit. Mr. Maynard was to submit it to the Connecticut Telephone Company and to New York parties for inspection.
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|Date completed:||May 1, 2009 by: Bob Stahr;|