Sunday, August 26, 2007

History of Utility Poles. Where? WHERE??

Will someone please create a website already that has a history of utility poles (or telephone poles, or light poles, or telegraph poles, or electric poles, or whatever else people might call them), with photographs or drawings to illustrate?

I ask, because in the comments to my Mule Train, part the second post, there was some discussion on dating the Mule Train photograph by the telephone poles. While I did find one website that had some historical information on utility poles (Dating Old Photographs from Light Poles), it was for poles in Australia! Are poles the same throughout the world? I have no idea. Do you?

Here's another website about utility poles: The Unofficial Utility Pole Page (aka While this site does have a lot of information about poles, it doesn't go back in history as far as I'd like.

Surely there's some genealogy-minded lineman out there somewhere that will take on this task. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Stamppy said...

Yes, I'd like to see a website on utility poles. That sounds very fascinating indeed.

Me the Great said...

If you know any linemen, pass my idea along!

joshua.geoghegan said...

I used to have a website on Australian poles called It's still up but the popups are annoying. I have a big interest in utility poles but have only really found a couple of people with a similar interest. They are different in each country and in Melbourne where I live, once there were electric companies that were council based, so you'll notice poles in different areas of the city look quite different, but now since the privatisation of the SEC and these other small companies, Melbourne is covered by a couple of private companies so there is a big mix of pole "styles" for want of a better word.

Bloggity Blog Blog Blog said...

Thanks for the link, Joshua! There is a surprising dearth of appreciation for utility poles to be found on the interwebs. Oddly, pole fans seem to be almost exclusively Australian. :) Maybe the rest of the world will catch up one of these days.