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ALL MARTHA'S VINEYARD, ALMOST ALL THE TIME …


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Thomas Edison, Final Installment …

After leaving the library (last stop in installment #2) we headed upstairs to the precision machinery floor..

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Behind this wall below, in 1888, in a small room long since dismantled, Thomas Edison and W. K. L. Dickson created the first motion picture camera.

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I think the electric light is probably the thing Thomas Edison is most famous for .  Although he did not invent the first electric light, Edison made the first practical electric light bulb that could be manufactured and used in the home. He also invented other items that were needed to make the light bulb practical for use in homes including safety fuses and off/off switches for light sockets.

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Our last stop was downstairs to the heavy machinery floor.

I myself have no idea what this sign means but that doesn’t mean you all don’t :)

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I can’t imagine the noise level when all these machines were in use at the same time.

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 I really enjoyed learning about this incredible man.

(Thomas Edison National Historic Park)


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Thomas Edison Nat’l Historic Park …

Headed out this past weekend to go here…

Thomas Edison Nat’l Historic Park

in West Orange, New Jersey

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to see Thomas Edison’s home, Glenmont, all decked out for Christmas.

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But it was sold out so my daughter Deb, her friend Dawn, and I decided instead to tour through  the laboratories. I don’t know why I haven’t visited this treasure before… but I’m glad I finally did.

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Got our tickets and off we went…

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All the building center around The Courtyard which was used for many purposes from motion picture set, test site, photography backdrop, greeting area and sometime parking lot.

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Off to one side of the Courtyard stands a replica of the ‘Black Maria’… the world’s first motion picture studio.

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Notice the track that runs around the building.   That was so the building could be turned to follow the sunlight.
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This was only the beginning of our afternoon of awe and delight… let’s see  what’s behind some of the doors !

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In 1887 this was one of the best equipped chemical labs in the world.

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Another door…. the music room…

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The pattern shop …

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Join me for the next installment when we climb these stairs and see what wonders await !

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See ya :)


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Book Festival and Church …

Back to Morristown for the second time this week.  This time for the first Morristown Festival of Books. 

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What a gorgeous day and beautiful spot for the festival.  It was held on the grounds of the Vail Mansion, built in 1916 by Theodore Vail.

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We wandered across the street to St Peter’s Episcopal Church where there were author talks going on.   I love the architecture of churches and so I may have taken a few pictures or twelve or fifteen :)  Here are just a few.

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A lovely day.


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Barnegat Lighthouse – New Jersey

Barnegat Lighthouse

 I went away for a few days recently to Long Beach Island, New Jersey with my best friend.   I had never been to Barnegat Lighthouse so off we went to see it.

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Upon entering this is the first sign I saw.  That’s a lot of steps !

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 The inside is well lit and very kind of yellowish/orange.

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I started my trek upward and after what seemed forever I stopped and took this picture.

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Looking out of the window from that dizzying height.

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Another shot of the lighthouse.

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(CLICK HERE for Barnegat Lighthouse info)

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