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Thomas Edison: A Man with Bright Ideas

Published January 25, 2014 by Maryanne

SAM_3531Edison’s Library, statue from Paris, France (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

A cold, snowy day in New Jersey, well spent inside the historic Thomas Edison museum in West Orange, New Jersey.

SAM_3536Where Edison napped in his library (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

SAM_3543Bright ideas! (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

SAM_3544Time clock for workers to punch in

One might be intimidated by a man of Edison’s genius, but he punched in and out like everyone else! How cool is that?

SAM_3546Mr. Edison’s elevator, used in later years (Photo by Maryanne Mistretta)

SAM_3551Me, going up to the music room!

SAM_3558Hey, Jack White, here’s the birth of the music industry!

SAM_3589Old school Christmas lights!

SAM_3596Reel to reel

SAM_3608Manufacturing plant, last standing … who knows how long this will be here.

This was my second trip to the Edison Museum, a very cool trip back in time to learn about the man of so many inventions — who was hard of hearing since childhood!

These few photos are just a tidbit of what you can see. For more information, visit:

All photos taken by or courtesy of Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta … if you use them, PLEASE CREDIT!

Santa Claus’s Creator Was a New Jersey Resident

Published January 21, 2013 by Maryanne

Santa ClausSanta Claus drawing by Thomas Nast

Yes, Santa Claus — the modern, most popular version as we know him, fat and jolly — was created by artist Thomas Nast, a German born American lived in Morristown, New Jersey, moving there with his family in 1870. (Which is across the street from the Macculloch Hall Museum. I went there yesterday for the second time and it’s just amazing!)

In addition to drawing Santa Claus, Thomas Nast was also famous for his political cartoons which were featured in Harper’s Weekly.

One cartoon that I’m especially intrigued with is his portrayal of Victoria Woodhull, an American leader of the woman’s suffrage movement.

Free loveThomas Nast drawing of Victoria Woodhull

Woodhull was an advocate of “free love” (freedom to marry, divorce and bear children without interference from the government). She was also into spiritualism and vegetarianism.

She was the first woman to start a weekly newspaper; an activist for women’s rights and labor reforms. In 1872, she was the first female candidate for President of the United States.

Pretty mind-blowing for the 1800s, right? This woman is one of my heroes!

But all these great ideas were considered controversial for the time, therefore some considered her satanic, as depicted in the above drawing by Thomas Nast.

Here is more information on the Macculloch Hall Historic Museum in Morristown, New Jersey (and if you visit, you’ll see the home Thomas Nast lived in, right across the street, but it’s private property for a resident, not open to the public):

Thomas Nast homeThomas Nast home (photo swiped from Google)