VTS Industrial Private Issue Insulators
Peacock BlueFront Embossing:
"VTS INDUSTRIAL CO"Back Embossing::
A "Made in Korea" sticker was originally attached to the insulator but few of these seem to have been left on the insulator.Quantity Made:
500 of the redHistory:
VTS Industrial Co. was a Salome, Arizona telecommunications salvage company. The owner, Steve Hilsz had these made in South Korea as a novelty advertising paperweight for his customers in 1977. They originally sold for $3.00.
When the National Insulator Association Convention, Show & Sale was held in Phoenix, Arizona in 1999, over a dozen of the red VTS Industrial insulators were brought to the show by one or two local people and sold in quantity to a couple dealers for around $160 to $185. One or two sold for $250-300 in late 1999 but the price seemed to drop to the low end of the book value of $200-250 after this and stayed there at least until January 2001.
On January 7, 2001, an eBay auction ended for a mint, red VTS with a high bid of $205.01. Other bids at the top were for $203, $195, and $177. The seller was from Phoenix, Arizona indicating that these were still entering the market from the area of the original source rather it being one that had already been on the market but was being resold.
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