Linemen Images from Past to Present: A Visual Journey Posted on April 20, 2017May 15, 2017 by Tamara Leher Alan Drew is the son of a power company executive and 2008 International Lineman Hall of Fame inductee. He is a leading historian on the rich heritage of the American linemen. His book, “The American Lineman” shares a story told through linemen images and the documented history of these hardworking men and women. He notes: The evolution of the United States and all the advancements in technology that have been achieved closely follows the evolution of the use of electric power. Looking back at the recorded history of the evolution of electric power and communications, the scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers are the individuals receiving the lions’ share of the credit. Very little is mentioned about the American linemen who built the Transcontinental Telegraph line, the Transcontinental Telephone line and all the power lines. The American Power Grid, which has been declared the greatest engineering achievement of the 20th century, was built piece by piece by linemen. The hardworking men and women that help keep our lights on do not just maintain a presence in the field, they can be found in our culture, in linemen images and media throughout history. From movies and TV to prize winning photos and music, appreciation abounds in almost every facet of our culture. The Movies: Storm Soldiers I and II, and More Linemen images have been featured in movies and TV shows, including, but not limited to: Life on the Line (2015) ‘The Lineman’ (Twilight Zone Episode 2002) Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) It Came from Outer Space (1953) Slim (1937) In partnership with Hubbell Power Systems and Chance Lineman Grade Tools, Storm Soldiers I and Storm Soldiers II showcase the hardworking Americans who work in the industry. Linemen often arrive to disaster scenes before first responders in order to ensure safety for rescue crews and help restore infrastructure. With a dynamic look at the struggles and triumphs of bringing electricity to communities, the films follow the linemen at work and their home lives. These men and women represent the over 100,000 linemen in America who work without complaints or excuses. This award-winning movie is a tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line and even though only one day is nationally recognized, we #ThankALineman every day. Storm Soldiers movies support the National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen, the National Association of Journeymen Linemen and The International Lineman Museum. A Visual Journey through Linemen History Moments frozen in time tell the tale of adventure, danger, and hard work that line men and women have faced over the last 100 plus years. Take a look at linemen images from past to present. From Northwest Linemen College: 1875, the first electric pole goes up in Dunkirk, NY. From Northwest Lineman College: ca 1900, Detroit Edison Lighting Crew. From Northwest Lineman College: 1904, linemen sitting on top of their work in North Park and east San Diego. From Northwest Lineman College: Unknown date. From Northwest Lineman College: Unknown date, bare handed linemen work. From Northwest Lineman College: Unknown date, line congestion. From Northwest Lineman College: 1912, Long Beach, CA, Colton Transmission Line – Tower pulled over. From Northwest Lineman College: 1914 – telephone electricians learn to climb poles. From Northwest Lineman College: 1921, Chicago linemen perform bare handed work. From Northwest Lineman College: Unknown date, Marshall linemans shields. From Northwest Lineman College: Unknown date, Holan aerial lift. From Northwest Lineman College: 1935 electricity for rural area. From Northwest Lineman College: 1952, utility poles buried by a record breaking blizzard at Donner Pass, CA. From NWLC: Oct. 4, 1952 Saturday Evening Post. “Linemen Listen to World Series”. Giclee Print by Stevan Dohanos. From Northwest Lineman College: March 1966 blizzard in North Dakota buries utility poles. From NWLC: 1971, Sharon Roswell was awarded the title of “lineman”. From Northwest Lineman College: ca. 1940s hot stick work. From Northwest Lineman College: Unknown year. From Northwest Lineman College: July 2013, Ohio River Valley after a series of severe thunderstorms. From Northwest Lineman College: Climbing pits at the NWLC Idaho Campus. From Northwest Lineman College: Winter linemen work. From Northwest Lineman College: February 29, 2012 in Branson, MO after a tornado. Did you know there are over 9 million miles of wire in service in the US? From Northwest Lineman College: NWLC Students in the climbing pits at the Idaho Campus. Did you know there are over 115,000 linemen in the US helping to keep your lights on? From Northwest Lineman College: Students receive instruction at California campus indoor lab. Did you know there are over 2.7 million transmission towers in service in the US? From Northwest Lineman College: Students receiving instruction on how to ground a primary underground cable. Did you know there are an estimated 115 million electric customers in the US? You can find more images at the Pinterest and Google+ pages for the Northwest Lineman College. In honor of National Lineman Appreciation Day, we gave away 10 autographed copies of “The American Lineman,” by Alan Drew. Visit our National Lineman Appreciation Day Page to see the winners. #ThankALineman Read more: Border States Donates to the National Sisterhood United for Journeymen Linemen Showing Support for American Linemen, the Nation’s Toughest The American Linemen – A Reflection on Their Contributions to the Betterment of America National Lineman Appreciation Day What Electricians Must Do to Stay Safe on the Job Linemen: Safety is Everything OSHA Highlights Fall Prevention Honoring the Workers Who Keep the Lights On Consider Comfort to Ensure FR Clothing Compliance Remember: Safety First When Testing Electricity E-commerce offerings: Hi-Vis Clothing FR Clothing Arc Flash Protection Hotsticks and HV Tooling Insulated Tools Lineman Tool Carriers Lineman Tools Fall Protection Insulating Gloves Call and let us help meet all of your product and solution needs (866-483-7289). Ask us about other linemen safety products, including Capital safety seat belts, positioning lanyards, safety harnesses, tool tethering and more. Did you know that any customer is eligible for online ordering? All you need to do is fill out this online form. Key benefits include: Order anytime, 24/7, 365 days a year. If you can connect, you can place an order. Create custom order templates, aka “My Lists.” Reduce search time, click, order, done. Track purchase history and view your account information. You can review invoices any time, track purchase history, and print or download records.