Beltone—Dave Barnow Commemorative Plate (1954)
This commemorative plate was presented to Dave Barnow, executive vice-president
of Beltone in 1954 by the hearing aid dispensers from Beltone
Hearing Service in Reading, PA.
Translated from dialectic German, it reads "How are you?" (top),
"Good luck" (left), "Good health" (right) and "Keep on going—don't stop"
Dave (David Hyman) Barnow was the brother-in-law of Samuel Posen, the
co-founder for Beltone Electronic Corporation. Sam Posen had married
Dave's sister Faye. In 1943 Dave gave up a promising career in insurance
to become the first employee of Beltone.
The occasion of this plate is a bit of a mystery but it could have
been because Dave Barnow had helped to organize the first Hearing
Aid Industry Conference (HAIC) in 1954, and it fact, was elected its
first president and held that position until 1958.
Learn more about
Dave Barnow (and the early days of Beltone) and see a picture of him,
and also discover more about
Dave and Beltone in the decade of the 1950s.