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Poles Apart: 1937

Poles Apart: 1937

July 1937. "Electrical and telephone wires. Rosslyn, Virginia." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The Old School still exists...

(re KAP's post)
In my Town, power poles are set in the homeowner's back yards. Cherrypicker trucks have no access to these poles. So the time-honored practice of a lineman climbing a pole with his "spikes" is still in evidence. In fact, it's still a required qualification for a lineman to have.That there are a few men on the ground is a safety factor firstly...and they're there to assist.

Old-School Linemen

I remember as a kid, watching a lineman arrive alone in a truck and then climb the pole using only spiked boots and a big leather strap. He would hang off the side of the pole, working within inches of live wires, using tools from a huge tool belt.

Today you only see cherry picker trucks and several people on the ground as a support crew. I guess this is safer, but not nearly as much fun to watch.

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