This is an insulator, made of a non-conducting material like glass or porcelain. It sits on an electrical pole or pylon and holds an electric wire in place. The need for insulators arose out of the need to transmit electrical power from one place to another. This artifact is actually a symbol of the Quiet Revolution and it embodies the changes that took place in Quebec during this time period, particularly in the 1960s. The creation and expansion of Hydro-Québec, the provincially-owned electrical utility, was considered a major step toward Quebec’s goal of achieving some degree of control over its future.
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