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Let’s take a look at What Cool ‘Firsts’ New Jersey Is Famous For. New Jersey may be a small state, but the list is long for what New Jersey. Let me tell, it pays to have Thomas Edison living in your state to have so many amazing FIRSTS! Did I mention Radio, Guitars, and Breweries? I am listing some of my favorites!
First…we start with radio.

The First Radio Broadcast of the World Series


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The first radio broadcast of the World Series took place on October 5, 1921, and was carried by New York City station WJZ. The announcer was Graham McNamee, who was also the first person to broadcast a baseball game on radio and a famous sportswriter. The game was between the New York Giants and the New York Yankees, and the Giants won 3-2.

Rice’s broadcast was a huge success. It is estimated that over 1 million people listened to the game, which was a huge number at the time.  The broadcast was not without its technical challenges. The signal was often weak, and there were long periods of static. But McNamee was able to overcome these challenges, and he delivered a compelling and memorable broadcast.

The first radio broadcast of the World Series was a groundbreaking event. It was the first time that a major sporting event had been broadcast live to a national audience, and it helped to change the way that people experienced sports. The broadcast also helped to popularize radio, which was still a relatively new technology at the time. The broadcast was a huge success, and it helped to popularize baseball and radio. It also showed the potential of radio as a mass medium. In the years that followed, radio broadcasts of the World Series became a tradition, and they continue to be one of the most popular events of the year.

  • The First Solid Body Electric Guitar

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    The first solid body electric guitar was invented by Les Paul in 1941. Paul was a jazz guitarist who was frustrated with the limitations of acoustic guitars. He wanted to create a guitar that was louder, more sustain, and easier to play.

    Paul’s first solid body guitar was made from a slab of mahogany with a maple neck and ebony fingerboard. It had two single-coil pickups and a vibrato tailpiece. Paul called his new guitar the “Log.”

    The Log was not a commercial success. It was too heavy and difficult to play. However, it was a major breakthrough in the development of the electric guitar. Paul’s design was later refined by other manufacturers, and the solid body electric guitar quickly became the standard instrument for rock and roll.

    The body of the guitar was made from a single piece of wood, rather than the traditional hollow body construction. This made the guitar louder and more sustain.  The guitar had two single-coil pickups. Single-coil pickups are known for their bright, clear sound. The guitar had a vibrato tailpiece. Vibrato tailpieces allow players to change the pitch of the strings, creating a variety of sound effects.

    Us rock n’ rollers LOVE us an electric guitar.

  • The First Phonograph was made by Thomas A. Edison


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    The first phonograph was made by Thomas A. Edison in the Menlo Park Lab in 1877.

    The Phonograph is also known as the gramophone. Edison is widely regarded as one of the greatest inventors in history and is credited with numerous technological advancements. The invention of the Phonograph revolutionized the way sound could be recorded and played back.

    Edison’s development of the Phonograph began with his interest in improving telegraph technology. He was experimenting with a telegraph repeater, a device that could record and reproduce telegraph messages automatically. While working on this project, he conceived the idea of creating a device that could record and reproduce the human voice.

    To bring his idea to life, Edison focused on the principle of capturing sound waves and converting them into a physical record. He envisioned a rotating cylinder wrapped in tinfoil or wax that would be indented with a stylus as sound waves passed through it. The indentations would then be retraced, producing sound when the cylinder rotated again.

    In December 1877, Edison constructed a working model of the Phonograph. The first successful recording he made was a rendition of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” To his amazement, he played back the sound and recognized the voice of his own daughter.

    Where would we be without record players?

  • The first brewery in America opened


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    The first brewery in America holds a significant place in the history of brewing. It was established in 1642 by Peter Stuyvesant, the director-general of New Netherland, in what is now Hoboken, New Jersey. Stuyvesant, a Dutch colonial leader, recognized the importance of brewing and set out to create a local source of this beloved beverage.

    Located on Castle Point, the brewery, known as the “Brewery Vosburg,” played a crucial role in providing beer to the early settlers in the region. Brewing was deeply rooted in Dutch culture, and Stuyvesant’s brewery catered to the growing demand for beer among the local population.

    At that time, beer was considered a staple drink due to concerns about the safety of water. Brewing involved the fermentation of grains, primarily barley, resulting in a flavorful and alcoholic beverage. The establishment of the brewery not only ensured a steady supply of beer but also contributed to the social and economic development of the area.

    The Brewery Vosburg became a hub for social interaction, where locals gathered to enjoy beer and engage in community activities. It also served as a catalyst for trade and commerce, as the brewery’s products were distributed to nearby settlements and trading posts.

  • The first incandescent lamp - the light bulb

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    The first incandescent lamp, or light bulb, was invented by Thomas Edison in 1879. Edison was not the first person to experiment with incandescent light bulbs, but he was the first to develop a practical and commercially successful design.

    Edison’s light bulb used a thin filament of carbon that was heated by an electric current. The filament was enclosed in a glass bulb that had been evacuated of air. This prevented the filament from burning up, and allowed the light bulb to last for a long time.

    Edison’s first light bulb lasted for only 13.5 hours, but he continued to experiment with different materials and designs. By 1880, he had developed a light bulb that could last for 1,200 hours.

    Edison’s invention of the light bulb was a major breakthrough. It made electric lighting practical and affordable, and it revolutionized the way people lived and worked.

  • The first drive-in movie theater

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    The first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead on June 6, 1933, in Camden, New Jersey. Hollingshead was inspired to create the drive-in after his mother complained about the uncomfortable seats at indoor theaters. He experimented with different designs for his drive-in, and he eventually settled on a system that used a ramp to allow cars to park at different heights so that everyone could see the screen.
    Hollingshead’s drive-in was a success, and it soon inspired others to open drive-ins across the country. By the 1950s, there were over 4,000 drive-ins in the United States.

    Drive-ins declined in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, as more people had access to televisions and home video players. However, there has been a resurgence of interest in drive-ins in recent years, and there are now over 600 drive-ins in the United States.

  • The first organized baseball game


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    The first organized baseball game was played on June 19, 1846, at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. The game was between the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club and the New York Nine. The Knickerbockers were defeated by the New York Nine, 23-1.

    The game was organized by Alexander Cartwright, who is considered the “father of baseball.” Cartwright was a member of the Knickerbocker Base Ball Club, and he wrote the first rules for the game. The rules were based on the game of cricket, which was popular in England at the time.

    The game was played with a 28-inch-diameter ball and a bat that was 24 inches long and 2 inches thick. The bases were 90 feet apart, and the pitcher stood on a mound 45 feet from home plate. The game was played in nine innings, and each team batted until three outs were recorded.

    The Knickerbockers were defeated by the New York Nine, but the game was a success. It was the first time that baseball had been played under organized rules, and it helped to popularize the game. Baseball quickly became a popular sport in the United States, and it is now one of the most popular sports in the world.

  • The first professional basketball game was played


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    The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton, New Jersey on November 7, 1896. The game was between the Trenton YMCA and the Brooklyn YMCA, with Trenton winning 15-1. The game was played at the Masonic Temple Hall, and admission was charged for the first time. After rent to the Masonic Temple was paid, Cooper paid each player $15.00. Cooper paid himself $16.00 since he was team captain, and then became the first highest-paid professional basketball player by this definition of the word.

    This game is often considered to be the start of professional basketball. It was the first time that players were paid to play basketball, and it helped to popularize the sport. Professional basketball leagues soon began to form, and the game has since become one of the most popular sports in the world.

  • The first intercollegiate football game was played


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    The first intercollegiate football game was played on November 6, 1869 between Rutgers University and Princeton University. The game was played at Rutgers’ College Field in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers won the game, 6-4.

    The rules of the game were very different from the modern game of football. There were no forward passes, and the ball could only be advanced by kicking or running. The game was also much more violent than the modern game. There were no helmets or pads, and players were often injured.

    Despite the violence, the game was a success. It drew a crowd of over 100 people, and it was reported in the local newspapers. The game helped to popularize football, and it led to the formation of more intercollegiate football teams.

  • First U.S. traffic light

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    The first traffic light in New Jersey was installed in Newark in 1920. It was a three-way light that used red, green, and amber lights.

    The light was invented by Garrett Morgan, an inventor and entrepreneur. Morgan was also the inventor of the gas mask and the traffic cone.

    The traffic light was a major innovation that helped to make streets safer for pedestrians and drivers. It is still in use today, and it is one of the most important traffic devices on the road.

  • First U.S. Supermarket


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    The first supermarket was opened in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1930. It was called the Piggly Wiggly, and it revolutionized the way people shopped for groceries.

    Before Piggly Wiggly, people would typically shop for groceries at small, independent stores. These stores were often crowded and disorganized, and it could be difficult to find what you were looking for. Piggly Wiggly was different. It was a large, self-service store with wide aisles and clearly marked shelves. Customers could walk around the store and pick out their own groceries, which was a new concept at the time.

    Piggly Wiggly was a success, and it quickly spread across the United States. By the end of the 1930s, there were over 2,000 Piggly Wiggly stores in operation. The supermarket revolutionized the way people shopped for groceries, and it made it easier and more convenient for people to buy the food they needed.

  • The first boardwalk in the world


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    The first boardwalk in the world was built in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1870. It was built by Andrew J. Boardman, a railroad conductor who wanted to create a more sanitary and comfortable way for people to walk to the beach. The boardwalk was made of wood and was about 100 feet wide. It was an immediate success and soon became a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

    The Atlantic City boardwalk has been rebuilt and expanded several times over the years. It is now a four-mile-long promenade that is lined with hotels, restaurants, shops, and amusements. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.

  • The first saltwater taffy

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    The origin of saltwater taffy is a bit of a mystery, but most historians believe it was invented in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the early 1880s. There are several different stories about how it was invented, but the most popular one is that a candy maker named David Bradley was working in his shop one day when a storm hit. The storm caused the ocean to flood the boardwalk, and Bradley’s taffy was soaked in saltwater. When he tried to sell it the next day, people were surprised and intrigued by the salty flavor. The candy quickly became popular, and the name “saltwater taffy” was born.

    Another story about the origin of saltwater taffy is that it was invented by a young girl named Margaret Keane. Keane was working as a candy maker in Atlantic City when she accidentally mixed salt into her taffy recipe. She was about to throw it away when a customer tasted it and loved it. The candy quickly became popular, and Keane began selling it under the name “saltwater taffy.”

    Regardless of its origin, saltwater taffy quickly became a popular treat in Atlantic City. It was often sold by street vendors on the boardwalk, and it became a symbol of the city. Saltwater taffy is still popular today, and it can be found in candy shops all over the world.

  • First U.S. railroad


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    The Camden and Amboy Railroad, chartered in 1830, was the first railroad in the United States. The railroad’s first train ran on July 4, 1832, from Camden to Bordentown. It ran from Camden to New Brunswick, and was a major transportation link for the state.

    The Camden and Amboy Railroad played an important role in the development of the United States. It was the first railroad to connect two major cities, and it helped to spur economic growth in the state of New Jersey. The railroad also helped to shape the way people traveled and communicated.

    The Camden and Amboy Railroad was merged into the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1904.

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