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A Diamond for Lil: 1959

A Diamond for Lil: 1959

March 3, 1959. "Long Island Lighting Co. trucks and men." A Diamond T truck bearing the likeness of Lilco's "Lil." Photo by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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"Up the pole!"

The command from our foreman every morning was "Let's get up the pole!" As if to hurry us along or to make his point that maybe we weren't moving fast enough. Back then, it was a lot like being in the Army. You had to learn the work and learn it well for the simple fact that you dealt with high voltage electricity every working day! The fellow you see with his "Hooks" on (climbers) with his safety belt and strap and his rubber gloves and sleeves. No idea what rating his gloves and sleeves are but he is definitely dressed to work primary (high) voltages well above 1,000 volts. The equipment lying on the ground includes line hose, which are long rubber tubes split down the middle and used to slide over the electrical conductors. The large rubber items behind them are "hoods" that fit over the insulators on the crossarms and interconnected the line hose to cover every inch of the "hot" conductors. Other items include a lineman's handline, mechanical jacks to pull tension in guy wires, hand tools and large guy wire cutters (bolt cutters).

Hmmmmm, let's see now

is it repairing streetlights or artificially inseminating cows? ?

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