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New Years Eve 1907 – The first time the ball dropped

December 31st 2007 05:37
New Years Eve 1907 – Times Square New York

New years Eve 1907 Times Square
The ball of Time

Today marks the 100 year anniversary for the iconic Times Square, New Years Eve countdown Ball drop. That’s right, a century ago a tradition began that has grown stronger with each turn of the Gregorian Calender to now be one of the biggest Celebrations in the world.

new york New years Eve 1938
The party of 1938

Each year the event attracts up to a million party revellers, all determined to see in the next 12 months with a gigantic imbibed Harrah.

Back in 1907 the population was decidedly less, the crime rate lower and also from this archival New york Times article it seems from that “Not Many Women Smoked” was a newsworthy curiosity.

New years Eve Times Square Ball
The ball loses its magic when the sun comes up

From Wikipedia-
“In 1907 – The New Year’s Eve Ball first descended from a flagpole atop One Times Square, constructed with iron and wood materials with 100 25-watt bulbs weighing 700 pounds (318 kg) and measuring 5 feet (1.5 m) in diameter. * 1920 – The Ball was replaced with an iron material Ball and weighing less than the original, only 400 pounds (181 kg).”[/SIZE]

The flashing shiny ball making its first descent must have inspired awe and wonder in the crowd. Since then the virtual landmark has evolved with technology and this year the shining crystals and halogen bulbs from the 2000 face lift are going eco friendly.

[SIZE=3]Apologies that I couldn’t find an actual news clipping about the time ball itself, but the nostalgia value of the NYTimes article left me glowing to share.

Vintage New York Times Square
Vintage Times Square

Hope you have a great New Years and see you in 2008!

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