Venus on 1961 February 11/12 at 16:30 + 10m EST (21:30 UT) as sketched by Jim Low. 4" reflector at 167x. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5. Venus was found with the naked eye while the sun was about 8° above the horizon—and is an easy naked eye object by day.
Venus on 1961 February 8 at 17:15-17:30 local time (22:15-22:30 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. 6" refractor at 220x-450x. Seeing 5/10. Transparency 4-5/5. Dark side clearly seen for first time. It seemed to not quite fill the other half. Intensity 1 to 1.5.
Venus on 1961 February 5/6 at 17:25-17:35 local time (22:25-22:35 UT) as sketched by G. Wedge. 6" refractor at 150x with a green filter. Seeing 4/10. Transparency 4/5. Ashen light strongly suspected, without filter. Intensity estimates made with filter, except ashen light.
Venus on 1961 January 31 at 15:50 EST (20:50 UT) as sketched by Constantine Papacosmos. 6" refractor at 220x. Seeing 4-5/10. Transparency 3/5. The three parallel belts were seen momentarily, as unbroken, sharply defined, grayish bands, and were the most conspicuous details at that moment.