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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

The remarkable Curtis Mathes Plant in Fort Worth Texas.

Many thinks to the hard work of Mike Nichols for uncovering the location and remarkable history of the Curtis Mathes Plant in Fort Worth Texas. The main center building is still standing and is all that remains of  remarkable Curtis Mathes Plant in Fort Worth Texas. Thank you for the great photos of the plant as it looks today Mike!!

As we know the Curtis Mathes Corporation started in 1919 as Connor and Mathes, a manufacturer and retailer of automobile and tractor parts. By the late 1920s, the company moved into the air conditioning industry, manufacturing wooden cabinets and eventually furniture, acquiring Hub Furniture in 1942.  Mike found this great photo below of the Hub Furniture Factory in Forth Worth in 1921. You can see the building near the water tower. So it’s at least that old.

In 1908 the Fort Worth Furniture Co. changed its name to Hub Furniture Co. and increased its capital from $40,000 to $60,000. In 1914 Hub used 1.25 million board-feet of lumber.

 

Mike also located this great information below about the history of this site.

Fort Worth city directories show this history for the building:

Hub furniture factory to 1944

Curtis Mathes furniture factory 1944-1960

CM storage 1961-62

1963 Die Crafters Co.

1964 Kay Bedding

1965 Kay Bedding

Now part of W. Pat Crow Forgings

  

Mike also found this wonderful news:

In 1942 300 Calhoun St. (downtown) was a CM radio plant.

By 1960 300 Calhoun St. was “Mathes-Porter Engineering.”

 

The photo mystery solved, these women are located at the plant that was at 300 Calhoun St. (downtown) and was a CM radio plant.

The four photo below show some of the wonderful details that went into the Curtis Mathes furniture factory products back in the golden age.  

 Curtis Mathes High Fidelity united are carefully inspected

The Very latest finishing techniques allow Curtis Mathes to produce genuine wood finishes at cost only slightly higher than printed imitation finishes. These cabinets are carefully inspected and checked before moving on to the final assembly.

The Very latest finishing techniques allow Curtis Mathes to produce genuine wood finishes

View of the Mechanized Rough Mill at the Fort Worth Curtis Mathes plant. This picture shows the fine lumber which has been carefully kiln dried before being cut to size.

The photo below shows a view of the Plywood Department in Fort Worth. The Most Modern of wood working techniques and the lasts materials are used in the construction of these cabinets back in the late 1950's and early 1960’s.

Yes the golden age is gone but will will keep the memory alive here at the Vintage CM site.Curtis Mathes Plant 1961