FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-228 DAILY FEATURE (2022 Final Edition!) 

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 22, 2022) – In Issue 2022-228 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn a little about the first electric Christmas light display.          

Electric Christmas

Not surprisingly, the first display of electric Christmas lights was created by Thomas Edison.  He had a string of 280 lights decorating the exterior of his Menlo Park, New Jersey research center by December 22, 1880.

Electric lights were a bit finicky at first, and it took about 40 years before the use of electric Christmas lights became the tradition we know and love today.

Before the electric lights, candles were used to illuminate trees in homes, which of course was a bit dangerous and yielded fires from time to time.

This map of New Jersey is by Colton from 1864.

NOTE: Today’s edition of Fun with Maps is the final edition for 2022. Loveland Beacon and the daily feature Fun with Maps is taking a Christmas Holiday break, but will return with all new 2023 editions beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2022.

Until then, Steve & Theresa Kovacs along with Loveland Beacon thank all of our loyal readers in 2022 and wish each of you a very Merry Christmas Holiday & a Happy New Year!

New Jersey – 1864 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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