ICON Raffle Prize (2010)


And the winner is ...

The painting is back! Those of you who participated in our 2006 raffle know that Claude Wambold of Perkiomenville, PA won this painting. He talked to me before this year's National and said he had enjoyed it for four years but wanted to give someone else a chance to enjoy it.

So, he donated it to me to raffle off again! All of you who participated before get a second chance! Sorry, but you do have to buy new tickets... ;-) All the new ICON members can of course participate as well..

All the proceeds from the raffle help offset my expenses running the web site as well as the ICON mailing list.

This fantastic original painting by Alan (BIG AL) Riegler will be raffled off. Al painted this unique picture to give to me to raffle off to raise money for ICON. . For your ICON donations, you will get raffle tickets. The painting is acrylic on canvas and professionally framed with an estimated value of $500. The canvas size is 18 " x 24" and the frame is 24" x 30". I was amazed when I saw this in person... The detail, the scene, the history... Incredible! What a "go-with" for your insulator collection!

The painting depicts work being done on the last open wire build in the Pacific Telephone Co. in 1973. Included in the raffle is a description by Alan of the scene and what the people are doing from a linemen's point of view, and a write up of the history of this line by Denny Hackthorne. Each of these are their own personal first hand stories. These write-ups will also be framed, and are part of the raffle. In 1963 Denny  was placing the second arm on the line and wire on pins 3 and 4 on the existing line from Needles to Goffs California. He wrote in part ...

 ... Ten years later, Alan Riegler, (BIG AL), made the same trip, placing 33 miles of open wire from Needles to Goffs on the very arms that I placed. The painting that you see was painted by Alan from a picture that was taken on that job ...

Needles to Goffs - 33 Miles of Open Wire is the full account of this write-up.

"END OF AN ERA" by Alan Riegler

Look at the stunning detail:

"END OF AN ERA" - closeup detail

But Wait, There's More!

The painting also comes with a professionally matted and framed two page description of the history of the line and Denny's and Al's personal contributions to it. Another unique "one of a kind" item that is included with the painting. The outside dimensions of the frame are 23" x 19".

Frame of detailed write-up

The document is also personally signed by each of them

Denny Hackthorne and Alan (Big Al) Riegler signatures

You can read the write-up of Denny's account at Needles to Goffs - 33 Miles of Open Wire

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Written Saturday, December 4, 2010; Updated Sunday, January 15, 2011