In Muscatine on Thursday, November 30, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Mailed a letter to the folks, with some pictures. Loaded 4 tank trucks, 3 tank cars. Watched our TV at night. To bed by 10 P.M.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, November 29, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Filled 200 barrels, 3 tank cars & 1 truck today. Nice bright day. Watched TV at night, Joe Louis beat Cesar Brion in 10 rounds. To bed at 10:30.”
In Muscatine on Tuesday, November 28, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Letter from Mother. Sent to Younkers for hat for Helen. Watched TV until 10:15 P.M. then to bed. Stan had Bob Rath here to watch Milton Berle.” Bob was a friend of mine. Above: Milton Berle (also known as ‘Uncle Miltie’).
In Muscatine on Monday, November 27, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. I loaded 2 tank trucks today. Paid the gas bill. Bought Helen a Christmas present. Watched TV all evening.”
[I just wanted to see if you’re paying attention.] In Muscatine on Sunday, November 26, 1950, Dale wrote, “Washed clothes in forenoon. Kids went to a show in the afternoon. Watched our new TV set all afternoon & evening until 11 P.M. Wrote a letter home & sent some pictures.”
In Muscatine on Saturday, November 25, 1950, Dale wrote that we got our first television set, installed in our living room. Black and white, of course, from Montgomery Wards. Dale and Helen watched it a lot for the next several years.
In Muscatine on Friday, November 24, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Cold today, 2° below zero at 7 A.M. & 12° above at 11 P.M. TV set didn’t come. Kids went skating at night & I went to Bushery’s. I took him to work at 11 P.M.”
In Muscatine on Thursday, November 23, 1950, Dale wrote, “Thanksgiving. 10° above today & windy. Had baked capon for dinner. Kids went to a show in the afternoon. I fixed the front room, ready for TV set. I went to bed early.”
In Muscatine on Wednesday, November 22, 1950, Dale wrote, “Worked 8 to 4:30. Pay day. Ordered a TV set from M. Wards for $225. I got dinner & supper. Helen has sinus, Dalene has stomach flu. Stan went to skating rink [above]. I went to Bushery’s.” That TV was the equivalent of $2,220 today!
In Muscatine on Tuesday, November 21, 1950, Dale wrote “Worked 8 to 4:30. Looked at Montgomery Wards television sets today. Took ironing out. Home at 5 P.M. & stayed home all evening. Stanley went to skate.”