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Electricity versus Telephone Poles

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Telegraph Pole Television

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Pole of the Month

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These much ignored pieces of rural and urban furniture finally have a website of their own.

This is not the site to visit for technical information pertaining to telegraph poles. You'll find nothing about 10KVa transformers, digital telephone networking or even so much as a single volt.

This is a website celebrating the glorious everyday mundanitude of these simple silent sentinels the world over.

from the simple... through the interesting... to the hieroglyphics and the alluring
Simple telegraph poles Space age telegraph poles telegraph pole hieroglyphics to the downright sexy ones
click the thumbnails above to view the gallerys. more poles...

We don't care what the wires contain either. They all carry electricity in some way be it the sparky stuff which boils your kettle, or the thinner stuff with your voice in it when you're on the phone.

Icelandic Poles

Surprising isn't it that I never start any of these posts with the letter "i".  Truth is, the fancy dropped-capital letter thing what I do looks crap with letter i's.  So anyway, what I wanted to say is "It may just be that we never really imagine Iceland - the Björkish north atlantic country - not the British supermarket chain - ever having poles.  Well they do and our Icelandic correspondent, Hâfi Martinsdottir*1, has just reported back from there with these magnificent photos.  These are from near Vik*2 in Southern Iceland.  And whilst more power than telegraphic in nature, they still have that aesthetic enchantment that keeps people like me fixated upon them. Njóta

Your telegraph poles are on the way...

*1Our correspondents are so poorly paid that Miss Martinsdottir spent 14 days sleeping in the back of a Skoda Fabia in the middle of winter in order to acquire these pics for our voracious readership.  Dedication indeed.
*2 The Sinex Nasal Spray and the stuff you rub on your chest has a "c" in it : Vick.