Claude Wambold (1938-2020)

By Mike Guthrie; posted April 6, 2020

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The following information about Claude along with the photo are taken from the Fall 2013 Issue of "Drip Points," the voice of the National Insulator Association. It was at the NIA National Convention in 2013 that Claude and wife Arlene received the NIA's highest honor of Life Membership.

RIP friend and thanks for the memories.

This year (2013) a Lifetime Membership Award goes to Claude and Arlene Wambold.

"He" was born December 14, 1938, in Sellersville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. His interest in the hobby began 45 years ago. His first encounter with insulators was in the summer of 1968 while he was vice president of rolling stock on the Quakertown & Eastern Railroad.

"He" first met his wife in the winter of 1971 at the Town and Country Lanes in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. They married September 30, 1972.

"She" shares his interest in insulators to a degree. She has been with him on hunts and walked the lines with him when they were on vacation. Her main hobby is antiques. She collects Moderntone depression glass, old scales, and the "Open Apple" pattern of Purinton Slipware pottery.

"He" started out working in the carpentry business. He later went to work for American Olean Tile Co. He then went into heavy and highway construction working at carpentry or truck driving.

As for awards given by the hobby, he has received many awards for displaying at national and local shows.

"He " served as the East Coast Correspondent for Crown Jewels of the Wire from March, 1988, to May, 2003, (15 years). His reporting was used an example of how to write a show report by author H. G. Bea Hive (Clarice Gordon) in 1995.

"He" has attended at least 12 Nationals and 10 regionals; traveling in Pennsylvania, California, Minnesota, Illinois, New York, Maryland and Tennessee.

"He" has co-hosted five NIA Eastern Regional Shows.

This couple has opened their home to insulators for a local show for over 40 years. The Pennsylvania Show is one of the longest running local shows.

He served the NIA as Executive Director from 1994 to 1996.

"He" has been quoted as stating, "I hope to see our hobby grow and continue its high standards of ethics and honesty."

His NIA member number is 1717 and hers is number 2155.