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The Official Vintage Curtis Mathes site by Glenn Waters

Curtis Mathes, Vintage Electronics, Televisions, Stereos, Radios, VCR”s, Camcorders, Mathes Coolers and Fans, Made in the USA. Design


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Barb Balkwill

1:22 PM on August 15, 2011

Hello. I just found your website and was very surprised to find that I have the exact television that you show in your second photo with the little boy. My husband and I just purchased a flat screen tv because the curtis mathis (which was given to us 20 years ago by a friend whose mother owned it and since died) tv we had was starting to have trouble with the verticle hold and color. Do you know if anyone would be interested in taking it? I live in Randolph, MA. I look forward to hearing back from you, Barb

Kate Wilson-Overly

10:01 PM on August 11, 2011

I am the daughter in law in a family that a Curtis Mathes console is the center of contention, and I need some guidance... The console in question is either a Royal Dane or an Imperial Dane ( I suspect it is the Royal). The B/W TV does not work, but it is possible the stereo does. It has not been plugged in for years but was always well-loved and prized by my now deceased father-in-law. The son to whom it was willed to does not have the space nor desire to have it shipped across the country. The next son has high sentimental value ( and is a hoarder) and wants to either $tore it in Florida indefinitely or will have to $hip it to Alaska. Either way, the third son and executer of the will, states that if the designated son does not want it and the next son does, that he should pay fair market value for it and the proceeds belong to the first son as it is his inheritance... (Whew). Okay, so how does one find a fair market value? I can find NO "comps" to get an idea on this. I do not have pictures, but I can tell you it is in good condition. The pictures I see on this site rarely show the shelf unit atop the console that makes this one special. Any ideas out there? PS- NOT on Face Book Just this group!


8:17 AM on July 2, 2011

So glad to find your website! I have one of the Curtis Mathes coolers with the wooden legs and also wooden slats to help control the airflow. My dad had obtained two early in the '50s (my brother has the other one), and always kept them in prime condition. Mine still runs and probably will long after I'm gone. It's nice to finally find some historical information about them.

Glenn Edward Waters III

5:47 PM on June 22, 2011

TOM says...

Great pictures. I was in the 1982 photo.

Hi Tom great to hear from you, if you like please join the site, it is free, and we would love to have you as a member. If you have any photos you would like to share that would be wonderful. hope you have a peaceful week, Glenn and Family.


3:07 PM on June 22, 2011

Great pictures. I was in the 1982 photo.

Kevin Dorsey

11:26 AM on June 20, 2011

Just posted that short as a test. My dad was a Curtis Mathes dealer in Oshkosh, WI. He carried their line starting in 1959 and our family was a franchised Curtis Mathes Home Entertainment Center until 1992. We still meet with other past dealers in Wisconsin and all of us believe that if (the person) Curtis Mathes Jr. were still alive, we would all be in a better economy today. I really appreciate the pictures you posted, as my dad trained me as a tube jockey, working on those old black and white consoles. We loved your cabinet designs, however, if you had the misfortune to have to deliver some of the heavier twin speaker models, you might need to wear gloves to keep the thin bases from inflicting some pain on your hands. Keep up the good work!

Kevin Dorsey

11:17 AM on June 20, 2011

What a great site!

bradley clinard

4:02 PM on April 8, 2011

i love my curtis mathes entertainment center and when i came across this site i was thrilled !

Marry Harkins

5:33 PM on March 18, 2011

WOW what good looking stereo console units I must say. I definately remember those days. So sad things have gone to the dogs these days.

Ronald Lane

11:39 AM on February 18, 2011

WOW this is a very nice site, lots of awesome facts and photos..... I thought I had permanently scrubbed my memory of those insipid ads for Curtis Mathes TV's from the 80's. You remember them: some dorky office park dad would be in his garage or living room talking about how much value he got from buying "the most expensive television in America." Then he would glower at the camera, furrow his brow, cock his head, and in some bathetic pseudo-breast beating way say that "it's darn well worth it." Well I guess he was correct look at all these televisions still working today!!

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