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Reference Books

This list is an attempt at a comprehensive list of known insulator reference books in or out of print:

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Books shown in red are represented in the NIA archives:

Title Author(s) Date Published Notes
Collectors Guide For Porcelain Insulators (Unipart Pin-Type) Elton Gish 2015 Available
A Comprehensive Guide to Collecting and Identifying Crown Embossed Brookfield Beehive Insulators. Lee Brewer 2015  
Glass Insulators Manufactured by Charbonneaux Et Cie. (ISOREX) Lis Bergman 2014  
Glass Insulators Manufactured by The Verrerie De Folembray Lis Bergman 2014  
Canadian Pony Insulators, One Collector's Research Dudley Ellis 2013 Available
What Are Insulators? Clarice Gordon & Carol McDougald, and updated by Don Briel 2013 Now available on_line!

L'Isolateur Telegraphique 

- Une Saga de 1845 - 1980

Jean-Pierre Volatron 2011
The Book of Otis Styles Terry Drollinger 2011
Wood Amongst the Wires - The Temporary Solution Fred Padgett & Walter P. Ruedrich 2000 Still Available!
Multipart Porcelain Insulators, Second Edition (Hardbound) Elton N. Gish 2000 Still Available!
Multipart Porcelain Insulators, Second Edition (Softbound) Elton N. Gish 2000 Still Available!
The Definitive Guide to Colorful Insulators Mike Bruner 2000 Still Available!
Hemingray Glass Company:  A Most Colorful History H.G. "Bea" Hyve (Clarice Gordon) 1998 Still Available!
What Are Insulators? Clarice Gordon & Carol McDougald 1997 Now available on_line!
The Hobby of Insulator Collecting  Mark Lauckner 1996 Brochure
Dreams of Glass:  The Story of William McLaughlin and His Glass Company Fred Padgett 1996 Still Available!
Canadian Railway Communications Insulators 1880-1920 Mark Lauckner 1995 Still Available!
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors, 3rd Edition Jack H. Tod 1995 (Reprint by Gish) Still Available!
Fred M. Locke, A Biography (Hardbound) Elton N. Gish 1994  
Fred M. Locke, A Biography (Softbound) Elton N. Gish 1994 Still Available!
Canadian Insulators and Communications Lines (Revised) Colin McIntosh 1994 Revised by Mark Lauckner
Canadian Insulators and Communications Lines (Revised) Colin McIntosh unknown Blue Cover & 2 page price guide
Canadian Insulators and Communications Lines  Colin McIntosh unknown White Cover
Canadian Insulators and Communications Lines  Colin McIntosh unknown Yellow Cover
Glass Insulators From Outside North America, Second Revision Marilyn Albers & N.R. Woodward 1993 Still Available!
Supplement to the Universal Style Chart For Jack Tod's 3rd Edition Porcelain Insulator Guide Book. Elton N. Gish 1992   
Spec-tru Standard Color Reference for Collectible Glass - Insulator Collector's Version 1.02 Mark Lauchner 1991 Still Available!
Insulators:  A History and Guide To North American Pintype Insulators. (2 Volumes, spiral Bound) John McDougald & Carol McDougald 1990 Available on-line!
Insulators:  A History and Guide To North American Pintype Insulators. (1 Volume, gray hard cover) John McDougald & Carol McDougald 1990 Available on-line!
Insulators:  A History and Guide To North American Pintype Insulators. (1 Volume, red hard cover) John McDougald & Carol McDougald 1990   
Insulators:  A History and Guide To North American Pintype Insulators. (2 Volumes, soft-cover) John McDougald & Carol McDougald 1990   
In Search of Threadless - A Source Guide For Threadless Diggers. Mike Tucker 1990 Still Available
Two Decades of Memories:  The History of the National Show Glass Commemoratives. John McDougald & Carol McDougald 1989  
Multipart Porcelain Insulators Elton N. Gish 1988  
The Glass Insulator In America 1988 Report N.R. Woodward 1988 Still Available!
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors, 3rd Edition Jack H. Tod 1988  
Handbook for the Recognition & Identification of Fake, Altered, and Repaired insulators, 2nd Printing. Michael G. Guthrie 1988 (October) 1999 Update Available On-Line!
Handbook for the Recognition & Identification of Fake, Altered, and Repaired insulators. Michael G. Guthrie 1988 (July)  
Crown Jewels of the Wire Topic Index: 1969-1986 John McDougald & Carol McDougald 1987  
Railway and Other Rare insulators Keith Neal 1987 Still Available
Glass Insulators From Outside North America, First Revision Marilyn Albers & N.R. Woodward 1986  
Worldwide Porcelain Insulators, Second Edition Marilyn Albers & Jack H. Tod 1986  
Worldwide Porcelain Insulators, 1986 Supplement Marilyn Albers & Jack H. Tod 1986 Still Available!
Insulator Patents 1880-1960 Jack H. Tod 1985 Still Available!
Most About Glass insulators, Bicentennial Revision  Marion Milholland 1983 Reprint Still Available! (Brown Cover)
Collectible Porcelain Insulators, Third Edition Gerald Brown 1983  
Worldwide Porcelain Insulators Marilyn Albers & Jack H. Tod 1982 Still Available!
Searching For Railway Telegraph insulators Keith Neal 1982 Still Available!
Glass Insulators From Outside North America Marilyn Albers 1981  
Unique Collectible Insulators, Added Pages Gerald Brown 1981  
The Story of Fred M. Locke and His Insulators, 4th Printing Gerald Brown 1980  
The Story of Fred M. Locke and His Insulators, Revised 2nd Supplement Gerald Brown 1980 11 Pages
The Story of Fred M. Locke and His Insulators, 2nd Supplement Gerald Brown 1980 8 Pages
The Story of Gerald and Esta Brown's Insulator Collecting Gerald Brown 1979  
The Story of Fred M. Locke and His Insulators, 3rd Printing Gerald Brown 1979  
The Story of Fred M. Locke and His Insulators, Supplement Gerald Brown 1979 1 Page
The Encyclopedia of Collectibles (Inkwells to Lace) Time/Life Books 1979 Pages 16-23 by Art Kottman
Early Telegraphs David Lyons 1979  
A History of The Electrical Porcelain In The United States Jack H. Tod 1977  
The Story of Fred M. Locke and His Insulators Gerald Brown 1977  
The Standard Color Guide For Insulators Bob Alexander 1976 Date is estimated
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors, 2nd Edition Jack H. Tod 1976   
Most About Glass insulators, Bicentennial Revision Marion Milholland 1976 Pink Cover
Unique Collectible Insulators Gerald Brown 1975 Non Glass & Porcelain!
Most About Glass insulators, 3rd Revision Marion Milholland 1975  
The Story of Insulators Bob Alexander 1975  
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors, Supplement-C Jack H. Tod 1975  
Collectible Porcelain Insulators Supplement Gerald Brown 1974  
Collectors Price Guide to Bottles, Tobacco Tins, and Relics Marvin Davis & Helen Davis 1974 17 pages on insulators (122-134, 150-153)
Most About Glass insulators, 2nd Revision Marion Milholland 1973  
The Glass Insulator In America 1973 Report N.R. Woodward 1973  
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors, Supplement-B Jack H. Tod 1973  
The Glass Insulator, A Comprehensive Reference Gary Cranfill & Greg Kareofelas 1973 Still Available!
A Collection of Insulator Patents Issued by the United States Patent Office 1851-1885. Parts 1 & 2 Aubrey Branham & Penelope Branham 1972  
Most About Glass insulators, Revised Marion Milholland 1972  
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors,  Supplement-A Jack H. Tod 1972  
Collectible Porcelain Insulators, Second Edition Gerald Brown 1972
Marcy's Insulator Collector's Handbook & Price Guide Marcy 1972  
Stuart's Insulator Guide, Revised Lynn R. Stuart 1972 4th Printing
Choice Insulators Priced Francis Terrill 1972  
Porcelain Insulators Photographed and Priced Francis Terrill 1972  
Glass Insulator Reference Book #2 Marion Milholland 1972 With 8 page index
Collectible Porcelain Insulators Gerald Brown 1971  
Before Threads David Delling & Marilyn Delling 1971  
Insulators With Embossing Errors Frances Terrill & Warren Olson 1971  
Hemingray Insulators Priced Frances Terrill 1971  
An Insulator Book For Advanced Collectors, Revised 1971 Edition James Hill 1971 3rd Printing, 80 pages
Norman's Insulators With Current Prices 4th Edition Norman Ellis 1971
Most About Glass Insulators Marion Milholland 1971  
Porcelain Insulators:  Guide Book For Collectors Jack H. Tod 1971  
An Insulator Book For Collectors, Sketches & Prices (New Revised Edition) James L. Hill & Edward Pickett 1971  104 pages - Pink Cover
800 Insulators Priced and Illustrated Schroeder 1971  
An Insulator Book For Collectors, Sketches & Prices (New Revised Edition) James L. Hill & Edward Pickett 1971 (November) 7th Printing, 104 pages (smaller book)
Glass Insulator Reference Book Supplement Marion Milholland 1970  
Identification For Glass Insulators, Single Petticoat Threaded Side Tie Styles and Price Sheet. David Butler 1970  
Rare Insulators With Prices Frances Terrill 1970  
Scarce insulators Priced Frances Terrill 1970  
Norman's Insulators With Current Prices, 3rd Edition Norman Ellis 1970 Includes 4th Edition centerfold print.
An Insulator Book For Collectors, Sketches & Prices, 1970 Revised Edition James L. Hill & Edward Pickett 1970 5th Printing, 104 pages
Stuart's Insulator Guide Lynn R. Stuart 1970
Norman's Insulators With Current Prices, 3rd edition Norman Ellis 1970  
The Collectors Guide For Glass Insulators (Book Two) Gary Cranfill & Greg Kareofelas 1970  
An Insulator Book For Advanced Collectors, 1970 edition James L. Hill 1970 6th Printing, 80 pages
An Insulator Book For Advanced Collectors, 1970 edition James L. Hill 1970 5th Printing, 80 pages
Porcelain Insulators and How they Grew Brent Mills 1970  
An Insulator Book For Advanced Collectors, 1970 edition James L. Hill 1970 2nd Printing, 80 pages
The Dictionary of Bottle and Insulator Collectors, Second Edition Howard W. Banks, Charles M. Fox, and James L. Hill 1969 (July)  
The Dictionary of Bottle and Insulator Collectors Howard W. Banks, Charles M. Fox, and James L. Hill 1969 (February)  
The Collectors Guide For Glass Insulators -   Revised Gary Cranfill & Greg Kareofelas 1969  
Dictionary of Glass - Ceramic Insulators, Reprint Gary Cranfill & Greg Kareofelas 1969 167 Pages
Stuart's Insulator Guide, Revised Lynn R. Stuart 1969  
The Glass Insulator In America 1969 Report N.R. Woodward 1969  
Dictionary of Glass - Ceramic Insulators, 2nd Printing Gary Cranfill & Greg Kareofelas 1969 155 Pages
Glass Insulator Reference Book #2 Marion Milholland 1969 1 page index
Bottles and Relics Marvin Davis & Helen Davis 1969 17 pages on Insulators (pages 68-84)
The Antique Insulator Finder's Collector's Price Guide Marcy 1969 Green Cover, 20 pages 
Norman's Insulators With Current Prices, 2nd Edition Norman Ellis 1969 Yellow cover
Norman's Insulators With Current Prices, 2nd Edition Norman Ellis 1969 Blue Cover, smaller photo
An Insulator Book For Advanced Collectors James L. Hill 1969 1st Printing, 80 pages
A guide For Insulator Collectors, Volume 3 John C. Tibbitts 1969  
The Insulator Collector's Guide (Canadian Collectors Series) J. Mowatt unknown  
An Insulator Book For Collectors, Sketches & Prices James L. Hill & Edward Pickett 1968 (October) 2nd Printing, 104 pages (smaller book)
An Insulator Book For Collectors, Sketches & Prices James L. Hill & Edward Pickett 1968  2nd Printing, 104 pages
An Insulator Book For Collectors James L. Hill & Edward Pickett 1968 1st Printing, 104 Pages
Norman's Insulators With Current Prices Norman Ellis 1968 Blue cover
A guide For Insulator Collectors, Volume 2 John C. Tibbitts 1968  
Stuart's Insulator Guide Lynn R. Stuart 1968  
The Glass Insulator In America 1967 Report N.R. Woodward 1967  
The Collectors Guide For Glass Insulators (Book One) Gary Cranfill & Greg Kareofelas 1967  
Insulators, Just Insulators - Revised Frank Saccoman 1967 Olive green cover with insulators priced
Insulators, Just Insulators - Price Guide Frank Saccoman 1967 Green Cover with insulators priced
Insulators, Just Insulators Frank Saccoman 1967 Olive green cover w/glued price guide
A guide For Insulator Collectors John C. Tibbitts 1967  
Glass Insulator Reference Book Marion Milholland 1967  
The Glass Insulator In America 1865-1965 Progress Report N.R. Woodward 1965  
 

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