Electricity versus Telephone Poles

click here for the electric versus gpo disclaimer

Telegraph Pole Television

poleliner tellyChannel 1. The Pole Liner
Channel 2. Trailer
Channel 3. Poles on the B5105

Society Founder

Tweet Tweet


Pole of the Month

Society Shop

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.

Most somethingest poles revisited

Arguably the world's shortest telegraph pole.We have recently received two submissions to our various and eternal "most-somethingy telegraph pole" competitions.  First up is Paul Kirkup's (#0654) stab at our popular shortest telegraph pole section.  Now, I have a fair album of poles used as sheep fencing posts, and I've seen a good number of gardenly ornaments comprising short telegraph poles.  But this one actually seems to be a genuine short pole photographed out in the wild.  It's got the little hat on it, and the black connection box thingy whose name escapes me for always - and it's also not actually part of the fence it's in front of.  So thanks Paul, a definite contender.  Paul, by the way, having the words "london" and "midland" in his email address we presume is something of a railway fan.

World's most southerly telegraph poleNext up is Geoff Bovingdon's entry for our newly created "Most Southerly" telegraph pole competition.  So new is this competition that being the only entrant so far, Geoff's chances of winning any prizes off us are still close to zero.  This rather low-resolution photo is an olde power pole in the grounds of a redundant gold mine in Central Otago in New Zealand.  Geoff is also a contender for the longest ever wait between sending us a photo and it actually appearing on here. 

Thanks for for your entries folks.