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|
|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.
Two amazing facts for you here tonight.
1. This post is in response to an email that is just about to celebrate its first birthday in my inbox.
2. A disproporionate number of people called John are into*1 telegraph poles.
Member #0512 and a long-time friend and correspondent to these pages and an ascendent of telegraph poles in the Oxford region sent us these photos. He says
A couple of pics of a pole I had to recover from the old Austin Morris works in Cowley Oxford. Now it's not hard to imagine the voice of Lord Nuffield himself travelling along these now defunct wires! what do you think?
I think you are right, John. And who knows what tone of Lord Nuffield's voice these wires may have carried. Altruistic endeavours, likely - or if my swift internet search*2 is anything to go by - something altogether less suited to these pages. Moving swiftly on...
To fact #2. 29 members of this prestigious society have the name John. I'm not really sure how many members we actually have as I was a bit random at dishing out numbers at the start but I've always been consecutive and we're now up to #0743 which was issued yesterday. So, for argument's sake, let's say 700. That's 4% of TPAS members are called John. Yet when I come to look at a graph of the number of people called John in the general public I find I can't understand it, at all, and so this whole point I was going to make - and it was really going to be a big point, sort of peters out in the hope that you won't read this far anyway. Amazing what you find out on the internet. Here's John's lovely photos.