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Untangling the History of Christmas Lights

smithsonianmag.com

The first electric Christmas lights

  • Edward Hibberd Johnson hired Edison in 1871, and later invested in Edison's Lamp Company to sell bulbs, even though widespread electrification was still decades away.
  • In 1882, in New York City, Edward Hibberd Johnson had an idea. While flickering flames were festive on a Chri...

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Turning an idea into a tradition

  • Reporters described the electric lights on Edward Hibberd Johnson's Christmas tree as "a most picturesque and uncanny aspect." "It was brilliantly lighted... One can hardly imagine anything prettier."
  • Johnson turned his st...

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