Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Telegraph Pole

This photograph was made in about 1862. It shows a worker repairing a telegraph line. The telegraph was a critical communication tool in the Civil War. Notice the worker is wearing spiked boots, allowing him to climb the pole.


  1. He does not seem to be wearing a climbing belt, so any work he does has to be one-handed while he hangs on with the other hand!

  2. Each one of those blackglass insulators holding the wires are worth well over 1000 bucks each to a collector today!