Sparkling Twinkle Lights

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Did you know that those sparkling twinkle lights that shine were created by the Sadacca Brothers in 1917 in Chicago?  They happened to be in a business that created Christmas tree lights such as shiny bulbs and other fanciful creations.  One of their best sellers was a lovely bird in a gilded cage.  They thought this ornament would sell well because there was a tradition that a bird in a Christmas tree would bring good luck to the household.

Now during those years electricity had been invented by Thomas Edison, and many attempts had been made by inventors to create a portable electric lamp or as it was named, a “flashlight.”  But the models that were created using a battery and a bulb were considered a novelty toy.

It was Albert Sadacca who wondered how their new bird ornament would look if it was illuminated by a tiny battery that powered a flashlight bulb. Painstakingly he succeeded in attaching the two producing a sparkling golden cage.

That was when brothers Henri and Leon joined the fun and decided to try linking five or six electrified cages together. The illumination was really not that much, but it was a beginning.  The light bulbs were only one and two-half volts. The string of lights was also somewhat bulky.  It is said that they did sell about 300 sets of lights that first holiday.  We also have to  remember that at time many homes did not have electricity.

On December 24, 1923 President Calvin Coolidge lighted the first National Christmas tree with three thousand electric lights.

Through the years as the excitement of twinkling lights has grown in popularity, it also has come to be recognized as a terrific decorating idea. And, twinkling lights are no longer just a holiday decorating novelty.  Restaurants,  shopping areas and small shops and boutiques also add them year around to add excitement to the shopping or dining out experience.

You can learn more about  these sparkling, twinkling lights in my children’s book “Mr. Umbrella Man” as well as other inventions that are of a common nature.  :






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