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Fenndango

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Why do insulator collectors call broken insulators specimens? I studied biology. We didn't take fish without tails or a missing head and call it a specimen and keep it for study. This drives me nuts.
 

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Ha! Great question. The term was used long before I got into the hobby, or even was born, so I can't tell you the origin. But I collect specimen insulators, and the same thought has crossed my mind!
 

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