1910's Pipe Pole with Street Light and Insulators

By Tracey Beckham; posted January 27, 2005

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This is a rather unique metal utility pole! It was taken during the height of the Blizzard of 05. You cannot see much of the pole at night as shown however a daytime shot will soon follow! This has been known as a "pipe" pole because all of its fittings were made from basic steam-pipe castings. For the "crossarms" for instance, a pipe section was used such that a horizontal "crossarm" could be used and thus with a 90-degree upwards elbow with a standard wooden pin stuck in it, whullla! We will show you a better photo of this unique pole in the near future. Joe Maurath, Jr. has it greeting you as you come into his driveway outfitted with a reverse-double bend scrolled antique street light (shown) affixed to the bust of this 3.5 inch diameter pole. (Note: The streetlight shown did not come with this pole but Joe added it because it was approximately the same age as the pipe-pole and had identical rusty "patina"). This pole was rescued by Joe while he was working for the Hingham (MA) Municipal Lighting Plant (1981-1999). This pole originally had a long open-wire run going from the street downwards to an exclusive Victorian home on Summer Street (Hingham). When cable TV was attempting to try to string their loop on it in the later 1980s on it they broke the rusty poles base. The electric utility's wires (HMLP) were still stung on it (triplex secondary with a couple phone loops). It was quickly determined that this was the electric utility's problem that the pole was falling over and the trouble man had a replacement wooden pole quickly set in its place. The old steel pole ended up in the HMLP pole yard the next morning and Joe quickly (upon noticing this royal classic being dumped there) asked his supervisor (Donald Jacobsen) if he could have it. He said OK and from there it went to Joes driveway. If only more classic poles could be recycled! Daytime photos of this pole will follow.