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Lynchburg Insulator Product Flyer, 1924

This is the second of only two known product "catalogs" used by Lynchburg. Like the 1923 version, it is a single sheet of paper printed on both sides folded to fit into a standard business envelope. The front contains the company name, slogan, and updated logo. Added is a box labeled "Wholesale Distributors" in which Electrical Supply Companies to which Lynchburg sold could place thier own contact information. The rest of the flyer includes cut-away illustrations of the available insulators with dimensions, approximate weight, number packed per barrel, and packed weight per thousand. Prices were made available on a separate sheet.

The flyer is not dated and it is uncertain when it was produced. The mysterious No. 48 (CD 153) is still included and these were no longer made after February 23, 1924. Also, almost the full line of Lynchburg insulators is included, except for No. 180 (CD 281) and No. 181 (CD 306) both of which would not be made until early 1925. The only other style missing is the No. 1 Cable (CD 251), which was only made two weeks between February 25 and March 8, 1924. That suggests a date for the flyer in January or February of 1924.

A couple of other features of the flyer are of interest. Like Lynchburg's previous flyer, the illustration used for the No. 44 (CD 154) is of a CD 152. All of the illustrations are taken from a 1921 Hemingray catalog, with the exception of the CD 252, which came from a Brookfield catalog. -1- Since the CD 154 did not appear in the Hemingray catalog available to Lynchburg, they used an illustration they did have.

The illustration for the No. 30 continues to be a CD 121. By this time it is almost certain that Lynchburg had switched from the CD 121 to the newer CD 122 style. However, in the production records Lynchburg never made a distinction between CD 121 and CD 122 for No. 30. The only distinction occurred in the periodic price lists that listed the No. 30 as "Long Distance New Style." And since they did not have a appropriate illustration for the CD 122 they continued to use the CD 121.

The illustration for Lynchburg's No. 31 (CD 112.1) is a CD 113. The No. 31 was created in the Lynchburg shops from Brookfield CD 102 molds (see Origin of the Lynchburg CD 112.1). That yielded a unique profile much different than the CD 113.

The front illustration is of a CD 103, a style never made by Lynchburg. Gayner Glass Works had made a limited number of this style as their No. 6, perhaps reusing old Brookfield molds. Since William Gayner brought the Gayner insulators molds with him when he came to Lynchburg, we can assume that Lynchburg had the molds to make this insulator. However, while this style was a good design for low voltage telephone lines, the CD 106 proved to be much more popular. Perhaps Lynchburg had plans to make this style. The reality is that we do not know why the CD 103 appears on the cover of this flyer.

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flyer front

flyer back


1. Personal letter from N. R. Woodward, February 9, 1985: "The drawings are quite obviously copied from a 1921 Hemingray Catalog, which also was with the material from Lynchburg."

Lynchburg Insulator Flyer, 1923