Having a Ball: See Photos of the Times Square New Year’s Ball Through History

I love history, perfect timing also!

TIME

It’s been over a century since the New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped, in 1907, in New York City’s Times Square. According to the Times Square Alliance, the first-ever ball was a metal-and-wood orb that clocked it at 700 lbs. Since then, it’s gone through several iterations, with the current ball — known as the Big Ball — clocking in at nearly 12,000 lbs. of LED lights and Waterford Crystal facets.

The location, TIME declared in 1988, is a meaningful one: “Americans’ emblematic visions of their country incline toward the arcadian — cabins in a peaceable countryside, a small town with no entertainment wilder than a Sousa band in the park. But in this century, as the U.S. became an urban nation, NewYorkCity‘s TimesSquare emerged as a different sort of American apotheosis. TimesSquare exemplified a certain idea of the city carried to…

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