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PC's Adventures in Pictures

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by PC-Rider, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. PC-Rider

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    OK, got some pictures done, and some time to post them !

    We stopped at this very interesting fountain in Edison, NJ.

    I took a lot of pictures here so I will break it down quite a bit.

    The fountain is called "Light Dispelling Darkness".
    It was created by artist Waylande Gregory in 1938.
    It is said he used Cast Concrete and Terra Cotta.
    It was restored in 2005.

    Waylande Gregory was a pretty famous artist in his time.
    However I can not find a list of everything he made ! :scratch

    Anyway, here are my favorites before I get into the gory details ! :D

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    The basic concept of this work is that light and knowledge dispel ignorance in society.

    Hence the world on top, the center pillar depicting the good in society:
    Science, Labor/Industry, and a World Peace Conference.

    The six buttresses radiate from the center pillar is the dispelling of the evils of society: Death, War, Famine and Pestilence (the four horses of the Apocalypse), and added Greed and Materialism.

    I found it very interesting believe it or not !

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  2. PC-Rider

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    You can get a little closer on the road leading to this parking lot, but I needed to park so we stopped here.

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    The fountain is just over the bike.

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    This is the side you approach from the parking lot area.

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    This is the opposite side.

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    The Globe on top representing the World.
    Well, what else would you use ? :lol3

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  3. PC-Rider

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    The Cast Concrete Pillar.

    This is Labor & Industry.

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    I thought the guy was holding a ball and had a baseball glove in the other hand, but I am sure that is not what those are.

    Looks like the guy on the left is holding wheat sheaves under his right arm.
    I can not tell what the ball is they are holding.
    The other guy has a hammer.
    Looks like boxes between them.
    And over their head is a zeppelin.

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    This would be science.
    The microscope gave that away ! :D
    With electricity over their heads.

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    This is the World Peace Conference.
    I wondered what this was !

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  4. PC-Rider

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    I took pictures from all four sides of the dispelled characters.

    Meet Famine !

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    Yup, early 1900's ! :eek1

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    Materialism

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    I am not exactly sure what all those faces represent.
    The one guy kind of looks like an actor to me,sort of.
    It is stated that this is the Five-headed Materialism.
    Although there is what looks like another head on the right.

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    The tape on the beast represents a Stock-market Ticker-tape.

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    I guess that's an early version of Mr. Bill !

    OH NOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    I feel sorry for the two guys stuck underneath !
  6. PC-Rider

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    This is Pestilence

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    Same artist ! :lol3

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  7. PC-Rider

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    Death

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    Not as bad beings this one is a skeleton !

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    Even the horses look scary !

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  8. PC-Rider

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    It took me a while to figure this one out.

    This is War.

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    I was wondering what an alien was doing on this fountain ! :lol3

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    And Greed

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    Two Entwined Octopi.
    Or is it Octopusseses ?

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  10. PC-Rider

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    And the information on the signs here.

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    Located in Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ.

    Some of the ideas here come from Thomas Edison who made light and electricity a household commodity,
    which today we take totally for granted.
    The middle pillar with the globe on top looks a lot like the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower not far from here, which we also stopped at on this ride.
    The Lightning bolt over the scientists, on the Death skeleton, and the generator with the scientists.
    Electricity was the big new expanding thing in the early 1900's.

    Information on Roadside America, which has a nice concise write up about this interesting fountain.

    Here is another nice write-up on Weird N.J.

    Information on Waylande Gregory on Wikipedia, which has further reading links at the bottom.

    And that's Light Dispelling Darkness in Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ !

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  11. PC-Rider

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    The first statue we saw was this CCC Worker.

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    The same statue we saw in Wellsboro, PA at Leonard Harrison State Park back on page 114.

    I think this statue is used at all parks that the Civilian Conservation Corps worked on in the 1930's.
    The same time the fountain was installed here when Franklin Roosevelt was trying to bring us out of the Depression.
    Whom this park is named after too.
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    When we came into the park I could not see the fountain.
    My GPS coordinates were right, but the fountain was hidden behind this nice Middlesex County Veterans Memorial.

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    Seems we need a little bit more of this attitude today.

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    And a lot more of this !

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    Thank you all.

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    There is also a theater in Roosevelt Park.

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    There was a play going on inside when we were here.

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    Above shows the outside stage.
    The audience sits on the sloping grass hill.

    Stephen J. Capestro Theater.

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    There is a lot going on in this park.
    It is pretty big, especially for such a populated area.

    This is a memorial to Marie Curie.
    The Scientist who discovered Radium and thus Radiation.

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    Sad, but every picture I have seen of Marie Curie she never has a smile.

    Her birth name was Maria Salomea Sklodowska.
    She married Pierre Curie in 1895.

    They gave her a pretty big nose !

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    And I am sorry, but this Relief looks more like young Abraham Lincoln than Marie Curie ! :hmmmmm

    This is on the back of the monument.

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    Behind this memorial is another marker.

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    I looked at the beautiful trees that were flowering and noticed something that should not be there, especially in a public park.

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    Good thing it was still a little chilly !

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    She was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
    She was the first person, and only woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize TWICE !
    And the first person to win twice in two different sciences !!!

    She did come from a smart family, so that definitely helped.
    But she did this all pretty much on her own with her own mind.

    She discovered two unknown Elements.
    One she called Polonium after her native Poland.
    The second was Radium, the Latin word for Ray.

    I have heard of Radium, but not Polonium, which has an Atomic Number of 84.
    Radium is Number 88, just in case you were wondering ! :jjen

    I read what I could, and I still have no clue what they are talking about ! :lol3

    Chemistry was not my "A" class !!!!
    Or Physics for that matter !!!!!!!!!!!

    Marie Curie information on Wikipedia.

    Here is a shorter read on biography.com.

    Needless to say she died from her overexposure to radiation.
    Something no one knew about at that time.
    Well, because it was just discovered of course !

    She had met Thomas Edison in his later years here in New Jersey.

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  15. PC-Rider

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    We saw this nice looking building on our way out of the park.

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    Google maps says this is Roosevelt Care Center.
    I am sure it has a longer history than that.
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    Next stop was the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower, in, of course, Edison, NJ.

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    If he hadn't of made electricity so popular I could have gotten a picture without wires in the way.
    Then again, the tower wouldn't be here, so it wouldn't matter anyway !

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    At the top is a Giant Light Bulb.

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    This is the Exact Location of Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory.

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    The tower is currently undergoing restoration.

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    As you can see.

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    Rededication is this October.

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    Off to the right side is a memorial with a relief of Thomas Edison.

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    Thomas Edison never completed school.
    His teachers said he was too dumb to understand what they were teaching him.

    Turns out he was too bright for them all.
    I wonder how many small kids get overlooked because they are smarter than we think they are ?

    A.D.D. ?
    O.C.D. ?

    Just acronyms for children who do not fit "THE NORM" !

    On the corner is where Edison's office stood.

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    The restoration is not over, but I got the Light Bulb to emit a nice glow, even during the daytime ! :wink:

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    The museum building is pretty small for such and important place in history.

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    Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum, which they simply call Thomas Edison Center.

    They have some videos and other information on there.

    The tower is 117' 8" tall with a 13' 8" light bulb and was dedicated in 1938.

    This is the spot where Edison made the first ever Recorded Sound, the Phonograph.
    And where he created the world's first practical Light Bulb.
    He and his staff received 400 inventions and subsequent patents, and he was only here for 10 years before moving to West Orange, NJ !
    But that is for another trip ! :evil

    Information on Wikipedia on the Tower.

    Henry Ford moved as much as was left of the "Invention Factory" to Dearborn Michigan in the 1920's.

    This is where "The Wizard of Menlo Park" got his name.

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    With Edison's work in Electricity he worked on an Electric Railroad,, which I did not know.

    I saw this sign across the street.

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    The boarder on top looked like a train.

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    And sure enough, it was !

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    The above shows a picture of the Menlo Park Laboratory.
    The train can be seen in the back right before the tree line.

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    The circle to the left of Christie Street between Woodbridge Avenue and Middlesex Avenue is where the tower stands today.

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    Lincoln Highway is down a hill.

    The railroad ran along Middlesex Avenue where this tree line is today.

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    Information about the railroad can be found here on National Park Service, Thomas Edison.

    So much can be said about Thomas Edison.
    He did so much good with his inventions, and he loved doing it.

    I wonder where that creativity is today.
    People seem more bent on destruction and entertainment than on seeking out something new and good and useful.

    Working for the public good should be commended today more than ever.

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    Edison, Menlo Park Electric Railroad Location & Info Sign
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    Thanks for the last few posts, Steve. My new job (since February) is less than a mile from those, I can see the lightbulb from my workplace. I'm just starting to explore the area, the park is a must. Thanks again:thumb.
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    No problem jimmr.

    Very cool history in that little area.

    There is a lot to see in that area as well as in Rahway.
    I need to get back up there sometime.
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    I had passed this mural before, but did not have the time to stop.

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    This was painted for the Firehouse Eatery & Pub in Rahway, NJ.

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    On the other side by the flag pole is an old Fire Tank for water that men use to pull around to a fire.

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    Nice job Flavio Castro

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    I could not find an artist by that name, only and architect.

    The phone number took me to Jae Paints, which does paint murals.
    And they look pretty nice too !

    Firehouse Eatery & Pub in Rahway, NJ.

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