Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

Color TV

gfrancie's latest entry whipped me back to my little girl days.

In the 50's, my dad sold Hanes underwear to wholesalers (who, then, in turn, sold it to stores).  As my mother would say, he traveled 8 days out of 7.  In 1955, he got promoted to a job at HQ which was in Winston-Salem, NC and we moved there.  I was 6, my sister was 5 and my brother was 2.

His customers - those wholesalers - passed around the hat and took up a collection to buy Daddy a congratulations present.  They bought him a color TV for his family.  (When I think about this now, it blows me away. His customers did this.  He was a consummate salesman always but still, I think this is amazing.  It was not a new wrist watch and an atta boy, that's for sure.)

Anyway, that's how we ended up with the first color TV in the neighborhood.  We were very popular.  We were never ever allowed to watch TV on a school night.  Sundays, by the way did not count as a school night which was excellent because... the only two TV programs that were in color were on Sunday nights!  Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color and Bonanza.

We were allowed to invite one friend over on Sunday nights. It was a BFD.

The TV was one of those very tiny ones in a huge box.  Children sat on the floor and adults got the couch and chair. There were rules.

And having a color TV was worth any and all rules they wanted to impose.  Thanks, grancie for that fun little trip down memory lane.
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