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Posted By: Tim on: 12/19/2002 18:57:25 CST
Subject: RE: Balloon Insulators? You be the Judge

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It's hard to tell from the picture but from an electrical point of view they probably are glass. Glass being one of the few insulators laying around at that time being used with the telegraph lines. The ballon being up in the air was probably generating tons of static electricity (Remember the Hendinburg?) as well as a great place for lightning to strike if the ballon wasn't insulated. My guess from thier limited knowledge of Lightning at the time is that the guys holding the line were getting shocked and when they put the glass in line it stopped. Necessity being the Mother of Invention and all that.
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