A History of the New York City Times Square NYE Ball Drop

A History of the New York City Times Square NYE Ball Drop

Revealers started in celebrating the New Year’s Eve in Times Square in 1940, yet in 1907, the New Year’s Eve Ball created its first origin from a flagpole on One Times Square. 7 versions of this ball were made to symbolize New Year.
The first New Year’s Eve Ball that is made of wood and iron and adorned with 100 25 watts light bulbs was 5ft. in diameter and it weighed 700 lbs. An immigrant metalworker whose name was Jacob Starr was the one who designed and constructed this ball. For most part of the 20th century that the company he established has existed, he appointed Artkraft Strauss to be responsible for lowering this ball.
As portion of the 1907 to 1908 festivities, the waiters of the fabled lobster palaces including some other deluxe eateries in the hotels that are near to Times Square were provided with top hats that are battery powered emblazoned with the digits “1908” designed using small light bulbs. During the midnight, they will flip their lids and the year seen on their foreheads would light up together with these digits on the stockade of the Times Tower lighting up to symbolize the advent of the New Year.
This ball was lowered each year since the year 1907 except the years 1942 & 1943 wherein the ceremony has been postponed because of the wartime dimout of the lights in the city of New York. However, the crowds gathered in the Times Square throughout those years and welcomed the New Year with silence followed by swinging of chimes from the sound trucks that are parked in the bottom of this tower.
It was in the year 1920 when a large ball that weighed 400 pounds made of wrought iron was made to replace the old one. In 1955, this iron ball has been replaced with the aluminum ball that weighs merely 150 pounds. The aluminum ball stayed unchanged till the 1980s at the time the red light bulbs as well as the addition of the green stem changed the ball and replaced with an apple for “I Love New York” advertising campaign from the year 1981 till 1988.
After 7 years, the conventional white ball with the white light bulbs with no green stem came back into the bright light the sky atop Times Square. The ball has been upgraded and changed with rhinestones, aluminum skin, computer controls and strobes, yet the aluminum ball has been lowered for the last time in 1998. For Times Square 2000, the millennium celebration in the Crossroads of the World and the New Years’ Eve Ball was entirely redesigned by Philips Lighting and Waterford Lighting.
The crystal ball integrated the latest in the lighting technology with the most conventional materials, reminding people of the past as we are gazed in the future as well as the beginning of another millennium. In 2007, for 100th anniversary of Times Square Ball Drop folklore, the Waterford and Philips Lighting developed a remarkable new LED crystal ball. The halogen and incandescent bulbs of the previous century were replaced by Luxeon LED light technology which increased dramatically the color capabilities as well as the brightness of this ball.


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