By Timothy M. Baggett; posted January 3, 2010

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Here is an early 8x10 view of the WASHINGTON FOUNDRY. Not sure where this foundry is located. I would say that the photo is from the mid-1850's. The end of the office building in the lower right reads: WASHINGTON FOUNDRY / & MACHINE WORKS / FOUNDERS / MACHINISTS / BLACKSMITHS. The MACHINE SHOP sign on the central building lists that they make : ENGINE PUMPS, BOILER FRONTS, GRATES, HANGERS, BOXES & COUPLINGS. All interesting in it's own right, but the focal point is the pole in the front center of the photo. Standard pole. Short crossarm on bottom with two glass insulators. Next arm up has five glass insulators. Then capping off the pole.......a HOUSE insulator !! SEE [id=267112763; NEXT PHOTO] FOR CLOSE-UP