Larry Carpenter was one of the early pioneers of insulator collecting and was NIA number 35. I first visited Larry about 35 years ago in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He had a fine collection of threadless and early threaded glass. Among the finest pieces were the bubbliest Mulford I have ever seen and a beautiful amber block. These pieces and more will be in the upcoming Klingensmith auction. I invited Larry to the 2017 National in Colorado Springs and he had a wonderful time. Rest in Peace Larry.
The following appeared in his Obituary:
Lawrence Lee Carpenter, 93, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, passed away Monday, March 25, 2019 at Meadow View of Greeley. Lawrence was born April 8, 1925 in Miller, South Dakota, a son of the late William and Mary Ella (Robertson) Carpenter. Lawrence enlisted in the United State Navy and served during World War II in the Pacific. He married Marion (Lottine) in Crookston, Minnesota on March 21, 1948. Lawrence worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years doing construction in Wyoming and Alaska. He was a member of the American Legion and was the 35th member to sign up for the National Insulator Association. Throughout his life, he was an avid collector of insulators, barbed wire, Wyoming license plates and orange juice reamers. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 71 years; children, Rick (Susan) Carpenter of Wyoming, Larry (Deaun) Carpenter of Nebraska, and Charlie (Kathy) Carpenter of Alaska; six grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.