Friday, December 11, 2009

History Of Christmas Lights

Thomas Edison as we all know invented the first practical light bulb in 1879... Three years later an associate Edward Johnson electrically lit the first Christmas tree. The tree was displayed in the parlor of his New York home and created quite a stir.
In 1895 President Cleveland proudly sponsored the first electrically lit Christmas tree in the white house... It was a hugh specimen of multi-colored lights... Electrical sockets had not yet been invented so it was quite a job... Course none of this being at all practical to the average American family. The G.E. Co. in 1905 offered a pre-assembled lighting outfit for the first time. Although G.E. offered the lighting it did not manufacture it. The American EverReady name did. Recognize the EverReady name.... It is truly amazing over the years to our day now all the hundreds of choices we have for decorating our Christmas trees of today. We certainly have come a long way from the Victorian Years of lighting trees with actual candle burning and a bucket of water near by.... Yikes.... But it isn't it amazing in our thoughts a old-fashion Christmas takes us back to the thoughts of Victorian days with the hand-made ornaments and naturals.... popcorn, nuts, fruits.... I love thoughts and lovely images of years past... but love the conveniences of modern day....

7 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Marietta...
Thank you so much for sharing of the Christmas light bulbs. There are so many thing listed here I did not know. What a wonderful time to be enlightened. I love it. Thank you.

It is always such a joy to come over and say hi and see what new things you have added to your beautiful blog. Please stop by soon and say hi. I love the company.

Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

The Victorian Parlor said...

Marietta,

That is so interesting! I always love visiting your blog as I know I am going to learn something wonderful or read something inspirational:).

Blessings,

Kim

Celestial Charms said...

Love learning new information every day, and remembering the past. Thank you for your daily posts, they mean a lot to me.
Maureen

Laurie said...

Oh so many times I think I would love to live in the Edwardian Era, but then gee I wouldn't be able to blog!
Maybe I just need to time travel for a bit.
I have to admit my favorite lights are the tiny white ones...
Hugs))

TheresainMS said...

Wow, I learned alot of things I didn't know just in this one post, Marietta! So glad you post such a wide range of information. I love to learn new things; especially about items that we use on a regular basis but never really think about their beginnings.

Have a great weekend Marietta!

Theresa
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Ruby Grace's said...

The things we take for granted today! Thanks for the history...I am going to use this information with friends.
Denis

Shopgirl said...

Loved this post...I know that at heart I am a old fashioned girl, but I do love the lights of Christmas...Merry Christmas, Mary