To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. ~ Phyllis Theroux
Finally… the 2010 Post Card Exchange has come to a close. A heart felt thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who participated. Out of the seventy postcards I mailed out, I received fifty back. It was quite interesting learning about other areas of the country (and world!) One little man (Eli) even made the postcard with his mom’s help! How endearing is that?
I hope you enjoyed the postcards that ended up in your mailbox!
Sit back, relax and look at all the great cards I received. Make sure your volume is turned up.
Here are a few more facts about NJ (Thomas thinks I should be running the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism).
- New Jersey has the second highest per capita income in the U.S.
- New Jersey has three counties in the top ten U.S. counties by income.
- New Jersey was the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights (Nov. 20,1789)
- New Jersey is a peninsula.
- New Jersey is the only state where all of its counties are classified as metropolitan areas.
- New Jersey has more race horses than Kentucky.
- New Jersey has more Cubans in Union City (1 sq mi.) than Havana, Cuba.
- New Jersey has the densest system of highways and railroads in the US.
- New Jersey has the highest cost of living.
- New Jersey has the highest cost of auto insurance.
- New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation.
- Cartoonist Thomas Nast (Morristown) created the popular image of Santa Claus.
- New Jersey has the most diners in the world and is sometimes referred to as the “Diner Capital of the World.”
- Home to the less mysterious but the best Italian hot dogs and Italian sausage w/peppers and onions.
- North Jersey has the most shopping malls in one area in the world, with seven major shopping malls in a 25 square mile radius.
- New Jersey is home to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
- The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland.
- New Jersey has 50+ resort cities & towns; some of the nation’s most famous: Asbury Park, Wildwood, Atlantic City, Seaside Heights, Long Branch, Cape May.
- New Jersey was home to the Miss America Pageant held in Atlantic City.
- The game Monopoly, played all over the world, named the streets on its playing board after the actual streets in Atlantic City.
- Atlantic City has the longest boardwalk in the world and salt water taffy.
- New Jersey has the most stringent testing along our coastline for water quality control than any other seaboard state in the entire country.
- The “Trial of the Century” (the Lindberg Baby kidnapping) was held in Flemington.
- New Jersey is a leading technology & industrial state and is the largest chemical producing state in the nation when you include pharmaceuticals.
- Jersey tomatoes are known the world over as being the best you can buy.
- You haven’t lived until you have eaten New Jersey Sweet Corn.
- New Jersey is the birthplace of the cultivated blueberry and a leader in blueberry and cranberry production.
- In 1642, the first brewery in America, opened in Hoboken.
- New Jersey rocks! The famous Les Paul invented the first solid body electric guitar in Mahwah, in 1940.
- New Jersey is a major seaport state with the largest seaport in the US, located in Elizabeth. Nearly 80 percent of what our nation imports comes through Elizabeth Seaport first.
- New Jersey is home to one of the nation’s busiest airports (in Newark), Liberty International.
- George Washington slept here. Several important Revolutionary War battles were fought on New Jersey soil, led by General George Washington. On Christmas Eve 1776, he crossed the Delaware to attack the Hessian troops at Trenton.
- The light bulb, phonograph (record player), and motion picture projector, were invented by Thomas Edison in his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory.
- We also boast the first town ever lit by incandescent bulbs.
- The first movie studio was in West Orange.
- The first western was filmed by Edison in the hills of West Orange-“The Great Train Robbery.”
- Highest population density in the US
- Home of the US Olympic Equestrian Team
- Home to the United States Golf association (Far Hills)
- The transistor was invented by Bell Labs in NJ
- The telephone was invented in NJ
- Samuel Morse’s code machine was built in NJ (Morris Plains)
- The first seaplane was built in Keyport, NJ.
- The first airmail (to Chicago) was started from Keyport, NJ.
- The first phonograph records were made in Camden, NJ.
- New Jersey has the largest petroleum containment area outside of the Middle East countries.
- New Jersey has the tallest water-tower in the world. (Union, NJ)
- New Jersey had the first medical center, in Jersey City.
- The Pulaski SkyWay, from Jersey City to Newark, was the first skyway highway.
- NJ built the first tunnel under a river, the Hudson (Holland Tunnel).
- The first baseball game was played in Hoboken, NJ, which is also the birthplace of Frank Sinatra.
- The first intercollegiate football game was played in New Brunswick in 1889 (Rutgers College played Princeton).
- The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, NJ. One remains open in New Jersey and that is in Vineland, not far from the Fairfield House! We frequent it a few times in the summer. On a more personal note, Thomas and I were one day from closing on the childhood home of the man that invented Drive Ins (in Riverton, NJ).
- New Jersey is home to both of “NEW YORK’S” pro football teams!
- The first FM radio broadcast was made from Alpine, NJ, by Maj. Thomas Armstrong.
- The Great Falls in Paterson, on the Passaic River, is the second highest waterfall on the East Coast of the US. In 1778, Alexander Hamilton visited the falls and was impressed by its potential for industry. Later as the nation’s first Secretary of Treasury, he selected the site as the nation’s first planned industrial city.
Some famous people that were born, raised or settled in New Jersey:
Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Jason Alexander, Derek Jeter, Queen Latifah, Susan Sarandon, Connie Francis, Shaq, Judy Blume, Aaron Burr, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughn, Budd Abbott, Lou Costello, The Jonas Brothers, Alan Ginsberg, Yogi Berra, Larry Doby, Norman Mailer, Marilynn McCoo, Flip Wilson, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Edison, Frankie Valli, Charles Lindbergh, Whitney Houston, Eddie Money, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Jerry Lewis, Tom Cruise, Joyce Kilmer, Bruce Willis, Caesar Romero, Ice-T, Nick Adams, Nathan Lane, Sandra Dee, Danny DeVito, Richard Conti, Joe Pesci, Joe Piscopo, Fanny Brice, Annie Oakley, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Robert Blake, John Forsythe, Meryl Streep, Loretta Swit, Norman Lloyd, Paul Simon, Jerry Herman, Gordon McRae, Kevin Spacey, John Travolta, Phyllis Newman, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Eva Marie Saint, Elisabeth Shue, James Fennimore Cooper, Admiral Wm.Halsey Jr., Dave Thomas (Wendy’s), William Carlos Williams, Sammy Williams, Ray Liotta, Robert Wuhl, Paul Robeson, Ernie Kovacs, Joseph Macchia, Brian Williams, Charles Gibson, Martha Stewart, Andrew Fastow, Francis Albert Sinatra, and yours truly!
I did not receive a card from all fifty states but decided to host the give away any way because it gave me an opportunity to shop in all the quaint little shops that feature NJ goods. You will not be disappointed!
The NJ Themed Box includes:
- Glass vase created by a Glass Studio Artist working in the T.C. Wheaton Glass Factory at Wheaton Arts. This piece is hand blown and hand crafted without the use of a mold. No two pieces will ever be exactly alike.
- A glass ornament created by Rich and Karen Federici in Southern New Jersey. Their ornaments have been used to decorate the White House.
- A pair of earrings created by Annelise (a resident of Southern New Jersey) She created these using Czech Glass Buttons from antique molds reflecting the culture of the 1920s era.
- The Angel of the Sea Bed and Breakfast Cookbook which includes breakfast entries and tea time goodies to name but a few.
- Fralingers Original Salt Water Taffy; Sea air and sunshine sealed in every box. Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy has a creamy, smooth delicious taste that’s been a favorite for well over 125 years.
All of the entrants were assigned a number by MckLinky. Two additional entrants, Lynne from from New Hampshire and Char from Minnesota were unable to enter through MckLinky and were assigned numbers 68 and 69, respectively.
The winner was picked by random number from Random.org
And the winner is:
Number 8 – Laura from Decor to Adore.
Also, the winner of the Fairfield House Easter Egg Hunt was Stephenie from Decorating Addiction. She will be receiving a $25 Pottery Barn Certificate.
Congratulations to both the winners! Your winnings are on their way.
If you didn’t win either of these giveaways, don’t be disheartened. There is currently a giveaway going on at My Cottage Charm. Melissa is giving the winner a choice of three fantastic prizes!