Dec 22, 2008

Dec. 22, 1882: Looking at Christmas in a New Light

1882 (Wired): An inventive New Yorker finds a brilliant application for electric lights and becomes the first person to use them as Christmas tree decorations.
Edward H. Johnson, who toiled for Thomas Edison’s Illumination Company and later became a company vice president, used 80 small red, white and blue electric bulbs, strung together along a single power cord, to light the Christmas tree in his New York home. Continued

Photo: Library of Congress