A New Year begins.  Think how people across the country and around the world celebrated, whether in quiet reflection, at home with family, or part of a larger city celebration like in Times Square, London, Paris or Dubai.  A common element of the celebrations may be taken for granted — light — artificially generated to light the night.

On New Year’s Eve in 1879, Thomas Edison showcased the first public demonstration of the incandescent lamp, inviting the world to see his new lighting system.  The idea of a light bulb had been invented earlier, but Edison and his team perfected a commercially viable design.  His invention would eventually replace oil and gas as the source of light in every city and town.

So, as we remember our own New Year’s celebrations, let’s give a nod to an event that changed the world on New Year’s Eve, 143-years ago.  Attached is a snapshot from the collection of the Smithsonian, giving a peek into their Edison “New Year’s Eve” Lamp, circa 1879.  By the way, the Smithsonian is the largest museum and research complex in the world and turned 175 years old last year.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year!     ~ Brian Kasal- The Leadership Matrix

Click here- Edison “New Year’s Eve” Lamp

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