In Muscatine on Wednesday, January 31, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Still below zero, -3°. Loaded first 2 trucks with spirits. I stayed until 5:15. Refrigerator is on the bum. TV at night. Boxing, etc.” The vintage refrigerator above has its cooling coils on top; we once had one like this.
In Muscatine on Tuesday, January 30, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. 10° below zero today. Picked Jack & Lofgren up on way to work. Fred King bought TV set, ‘Majestic.’ Watched TV at night.” Above: a 1951 Majestic television set.
In Muscatine on Monday, January 29, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 12 & took 4 hours off. 14° below this morning. I pushed Chasteen & Fisher to get their cars started. WOC-TV flickers & flashes on our set tonight.”
In Muscatine on Sunday, January 28, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up late. Stan & Helen went to Sunday school & church. I stayed in the house all day. 2° below zero at bedtime. Good programs on TV today & night.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, January 27, 1951, Dale wrote, “Up late & took Dalene to dentist. Didn’t need anything done, also Stanley & Helen. Took kids to a show in the afternoon. Stanley went to a show with Carl Strauss at night. Watched TV at night.”
In Muscatine on Friday, January 26, 1951, Dale wrote, “Ed and Gwen Weir came over at night to watch TV.” Many of Helen and Dale’s friends and co-workers bought their first television sets this year. Above: 1951 advertisement for a Motorola TV.
In Muscatine on Thursday, January 25, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Fisher filled drums of spirits; King loaded tank cars of spirits; Lofgren filled trucks with alcohol. Zero degree weather. Watched our TV at night.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, January 24, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Took Palmer to work. He stayed all day. Not too busy today. Gib McQurn called in the evening to say hello; old friend from the 1930s. I’m taking a cold.”
In Muscatine on Tuesday, January 23, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Palmer came today for a visit to the plant. Warm, 35° in morning & colder tonight. Watched TV at night.” Palmer was a supervisor from St. Paul. Oldtimers remember when television stations would broadcast a 'test pattern' at night.
In Muscatine on Monday, January 22, 1951, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Very quiet day at plant. Warmer but penetrating wind. Went to store at night. Watched TV at night, very good.”