"How to Keep My Family Safe"
"...an ideal way for the lady of the house to improve the safety of her family..."
|One of the promo pictures from the contest.|
Sophie (Karvoius) Dixon, 1959.
Collection of E. Ackermann, 2017.
Offering a total of $750 in prizes, each contestant was also eligible to select an award from the Esso safety award catalog. (1)
My grandfather, Wally Dixon, was employed at Esso. He retired in 1960 after 28 years of service. (2) He probably encouraged his wife to enter. I would love to see the completed form that my grandmother submitted for this contest.
And the winner is...
|You're a winner! I would have loved to have seen my Grandmother's face when she got this telegram.|
E. Ackermann, 2017. (1)
On April 15 my grandparents went to the Bayway Refinery so my Grandmother could accept her award.
|Sophie Dixon accepts her award from G.R. Murrell.|
Her husband, Wallace B. Dixon looks on.
Esso Standard Oil Co. Bayway Refinery.
Photographic Group. Number 1016-2. 15 Apr 1959.
Collection of E. Ackemann, 2017.
|"Wins Esso Safety Contest"|
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E'Port Observer, June 1959
E. Ackemann, 2017
"Mrs. Dixon used a humorous approach to offer practical safety suggestions. Among them: "If the roof of the car must be held up. the car or the driver should be replaced." Another comment was that people who work in gardens and backyards should not go beyond their limit, lest they overcome garden fragrances with liniment. She encouraged drivers to "leave baby shoes where they belong" because they clutter up visibility in a car."I was thrilled to find this article which provides a glimpse into the winning entry, as well as a little snapshot of what other members of the family were doing at the time."Mrs. Dixon has been with Singer for 18 years. Her sister, Estelle Karvoius, is chief clerk of Dept. 33 and a daughter, Mary Traina, is in the Employment Office." It also reports that my grandfather was on sick leave from Esso at the time.
|Wallace B. Dixon, showing the shoe |
that saved his toes.
E. Ackermann, 2017. (1)
Wallace B. Dixon
Safety shoes purchased at Bayway
Be careful out there! (Especially when you're mowing the lawn.)
[This photo is probably not related to the 1959 contest, but I thought it was fun.]
(1) Sophie (Karvoius) Dixon - Correspondence and photographs relating to Esso Home Safety Contest; E. Ackermann, 2017.
(2) Esso Standard. Retiree Identification Card. Issued to Wallace B. Dixon. Esso Standard, Division of Humble Oil and Refining Company, Bayway Refinery. E. Ackermann, 2017.
(3) "Wins Esso Safety Contest," E'Port Observer; A Publication of the Elizabethport Works of the Singer Corporation. (June 1959): p. 2.