140 years ago today -- Jan. 27, 1880 -- Thomas Edison's received his patent for the light bulb.
I learned this fact on Saturday on a visit with some photography friends to the National Park Service's site in West Orange, NJ.
This is one of my favorites of all the national parks in New Jersey. Like the Great Falls in Paterson, the Thomas Edison National Historical Park is close to home... and very photogenic.
You can take a virtual tour using the National Park Service's great online resources, including this picture guide.
To me, our national parks always manage to provide enlightening perspectives. I mean, you'd think light bulbs would older than 140, considering all the advancements since, right?
Here's a short slideshow with some of my images from this weekend:
I hope this encourages you to visit and take in some history. The rangers there are friendly and helpful.
And photos, including selfies with life-sized Edison cutouts, are welcome (provided you don't use flash).
This is in contrast to the now-closed J.D. Salinger exhibit I recently visited at the New York Public Library, where all photography was prohibited.
I suppose, though, that was on-brand for Salinger, who provided his own enlightening perspectives in his own way... and who, alas, died 10 years ago today, 130 years after the invention of the light bulb.