[PW] test = first electric Xmas tree?
AllenAmet at aol.com
AllenAmet at aol.com
Fri Dec 2 10:00:03 PST 2016
with flying colors, Kay...
So I am now re-posting my previous message on the first Xmas tree to
have elec lights - which may have gone astray:
"In doing some research on the first Xmas tree to be lit up with electric
lights - not with a searchlight - but with those little colored/flashing
bulbs that replaced the earlier candles...
Most books and websites give 1882 for the year, and some go so far as
naming the exact date and reporting newspaper, but never showing the ACTUAL
newspaper clipping itself. The newspaper most often cited (and even quoted
in extenso = "Last evening I walked over...") is the 'Detroit Post &
Tribune', Dec. 22, 1882 (but never a page number either). The reporter is
sometimes named as Wm A. Croffut, and he is sometimes mentioned as also writing it
up for the 'NY World,' on same or similar date.
The man who put up the Tree is generally named as Edward H. Johnson (a
well-to-do friend/associate of Thomas Edison), but sometimes his home address
(with the elec tree) is given as 139 E. 36th Street in NYC and sometimes
as 56 W. 12th St, also NYC. Could he have had a tree at both places?
I have found some references to his elec tree in early 1883, which do
refer to the lighted Xmas of 1882, but so far, no orig papers from 1882 (in
real time). The NY Times got around to it in Dec 1884.
So, does there exist the actual article (from Dec 22, 1882) in the
Detroit newspaper, and is it possible to see it? Other sources also claim that
Johnson was the first person to get a US(?) patent for the elec-lighted tree.
However, a search thru Google patents does not reveal such a patent by him
ca 1882. Of course, the name of the patent may not actually say "Xmas tree"
so it may be concealed thru some circumlocution (e.g. 'Display lights,'
Much thanks in advance for clearing up this Yuletide mystery.
In a message dated 12/2/2016 12:45:56 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
kay at hub.fern.com writes:
Did we pass?
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