1963 GE Lucite Transparent Distribution Transformer View 1.

By Joe Maurath, Jr.; posted August 2, 2011

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When you folks thought you've seen it all when it comes to distribution transformers, here is one I'll bet you have never seen before.

Recently sold on the e-place for a rather paltry sum, this promotional piece of GE's distribution nostalgia is a crystal-clear example of their utility transforners of the time.

The unit stands 11 inches high including the insulators on top (or otherwise 8" without them). Also it is 8 inches wide. Rather than a high-voltage primary entering the top, 240V with either 6 or 12 volts secondary was this unique item's design. Most likely for low-voltage promotional exhibition. I have included a close-up of its nameplate a few photos down....

Back in the 60s I recall the transparent human body figures that were life-size. Maybe GE got their idea from that concept...or vice-versa.

Anyway, this is the ultimate in see-through electrical distribution gear as far as I am concerned. So far....

I now wonder if porcelain insulator manufacturers ever made transparent examples of their products, lol....

A few more photos and views follow. Enjoy!