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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

Made October 1981 the Curtis Mathes Model G552R Color ConsoleTelevision.

Below is Karah with the Curtis Mathes Console television,

Made October 1981 the Curtis Mathes Model G552R Color ConsoleTelevision.

 

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In 1979 I won a student contest in industrial design presented by Curtis Mathes in which the contestants had to devise a way to reduce the weight of a full color console by 20 pounds and increase the strength and durability of the same console at the same time.

I came up with a design for a full bumper guard around the base of the console that would replace the bulky and brittle wooden base with a light weight durable fiberglass and bonded plastic with an exterior wood grain veneer. The base would be anchored to the console and have coasters and a honeycomb strengthened design which would protect the console and made it lighter and easier move.

The four wheels in which would help make the console more easer to move would be anchored directly into the molding of the full bumper in a web design for strength and support.  This one piece base would be durable and very impact resented and I won the student contest in this division in 1979.

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It to this day is a great honor to see my design worked of 29 years and still counting, to protect the consoles that had this design concept applied to them; such as the 1981 Curtis Mathes model G552R made in 1981.

 

 

The five photos below are of the inside the Curtis Mathes console television, Made October 1981, Model Number G552R.

Needless to say she was made to last. 

The control section is awesome in its detail.

 

This unit was put together in Athens, Texas with a mixture of  made in Japan and  made in Texas parts.

 

In the two photos below you can see the awesome control panel of the  Curtis Mathes console television, Made October 1981, Model Number G552R.

From the front the the back she is a made in Texas beauty.

 

You will not find any televisions made in Texas these day in America.