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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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Remarkable Photo of a Curtis Mathes Showroom damaged in 1972 Wind & Windstorms - Colorado

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on October 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Below are very remarkable photos of Curtis Mathes Showroom damaged in 1972 Wind & Windstorms - Colorado - (1970-1972) Curtis Mathes Press Photo...JAN 10 1972, JAN 12 1972 The side wall of Curtis Mathes building on 30th St., Boulder, lies in a crumpled pile after high winds. Credit: Denver Post ..

Notice the Zenith Boxes in the repair section of the building, could have been picture tubes.

I bet back then Zenith would not like this information to be shown!! In the photo below is a close-up of the showroom section, bet you could get a good deal on these models that year.

Bamberger's Department Store and Curtis Mathes

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on August 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (941)

Bamberger's Department Store and Curtis Mathes was a match made in Heaven. Bamberger’s was the first major upscale department store to carry a full line of Curtis Mathes stereos, televisions, radios and electronics. Starting in the early 1960’s, the Newark New Jersey Flag Ship store reserved a whole section in its electronics department for a huge line of Curtis Mathes products. The Ad below is from the Summer of 1970.

Needless to say the response was remarkable with over 5000 made in the USA color Curtis Mathes television console being sold in the Summer of 1970 from the Bamberger’s Departments Stores in New Jersey alone.

This truly was a match made in retail Heaven. Within a very short period of time from 1960 to 1970 there were over sixty Curtis Mathes Repair stores and service centers built in New Jersey to service all the thousands of products made in Texas, and sold under the Curtis Mathes label at Bamberger’s.

Mathes Cooler Fan Restoration by Grantley Waters

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on June 14, 2012 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (400)

This is a Mathes Cooler Fan that Grantley Waters is doing a restoration on.

She is a  1947 Mathes Cooler Fan in a Wooden Cabinet,  with the original  Electric Fan and motor.

This is a great restorations project for a young person to work on.  Working on one of these can teach someone about Fans, Moters, and how Electric Fans work.

The Mathes Company Later became Curtis Mathes,Made in the USA, Made in Texas, The Mathes Company had plants in Athens,Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth back in the golden age when American made stuff. The first thing Grantley did was to take the back off and do a good cleaning.


Once again in the video below you will see the frist thing Grantley did was remove the back and give the cooler a good cleaning.

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He oiled the moving parts, and made sure everything was wired correctly.

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Then he made sure the cooler was in proper working order.. he tested his cooler with a six hour test run at different speeds.

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Grantley made sure to use original parts and salvage everything that he couldto be used later.

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A little hard work and cleaning can give your Mathes Cooler Fan new life.


 It is a labor of love, and a piece of American history,as well as a part of our nations pride.

It is well worth the effort to keep these American made fans going for the next generation to enjoy and appreciate. 



Antique Tube Radios Survive Nuclear Attack

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on February 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (393)

Antique Tube Radios Survive Nuclear Attack

Early in 1960s both USA & then USSR found, during upper atmosphere (edge of space) nuclear tests, that on the ground tube radios survive and transistors do not.

In order to shut down the target city communications, along with ability to evacuate or retaliate, it is now probable; the first detonation will come at us from above. Enemy ground troops would face no harmful radiation lasting 10,000 years.

Only thing seen would be a flash of light above city, followed by sudden permanent failure of most electronics in use today. During this total, immediate large city panic, a ground attack likely would then ensue. It will be the death of all the typical poor quality digital items, currently hawked, as new, latest, greatest finger flicking technology sold easily as (new latest for less).

With the 120 VAC outlets (220 VAC Europe), still likely providing power, or a typical gasoline generator backup, nuclear test has shown that tube radios will still work regardless of an EMP and may someday help you, or a future descendants, during an attack, receive the necessary survival information.

Space detonation does not produce physical damage to target but an Electro Magnetic Pulse, which destroys transistors & integrated circuits. These operate all your current computers, radios, telephones, and television products. Since the ignition also is microcomputer controlled, even your modern automobile will not start. A pencil, during nuclear attack, beats a computer every time & seldom fails.

The extremely large EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) nuclear explosion creates goes straight to the earth while blast force, sun surface blast temperature, plus harmful particle radiation is left in outer space.

The customer research group of, antique tube radio website, (nucow com) discovered not only obvious things about antique tube radios, but also actual unforeseen practical use.

They now are being looked at for other than collectible values of quality, beauty, linearity, longevity, heirloom, and so on but actual nuclear emergency use since obtaining a mechanical governed (Not Transistor Control) gasoline AC generator is the most common type and cheap to purchase, plus the USA and many countries have, tube based and radiation hardened AM band underground emergency transmitters with, non transistor controlled generators, setup for this very reason. AM broadcast band transmitters can be received thousands of miles away during most night hours unlike high frequency FM band. That is why you hear other cities at night on the AM band.

All the USA nuclear missiles have integrated guidance circuits that are radiation hardened (costs 1000 times more) hence (hopefully) not misguided by an EMP blast. All the Russian nuclear missiles have tube guidance circuits that do not require the very expensive radiation hardening.

Tubes have 90 years of perfected tested reliability. These are some of the typical reasons Russians & others, microwave ovens, high powered transmitters, including radars over the world, use tubes not transistors. Past technology survives better in most conditions.

Nelson and Happy Rockefeller 1963 to 1964

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on January 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (434)

In the photo above is Nelson and Happy in 1959. In a National Guard armory in Albany, New York. Nelson Rockefeller celebrates the election to the governorship with volunteer worker Happy Murphy. Among guest were Republican pros who launched Rocky toward White House and who in that day wonder how now and where next.


The scandalous news of Rockefeller's wedding in May of 1963 spread quickly. Nelson, who had divorced his first wife Tod eighteen months earlier, was finally tying the knot with the woman he had been having a relationship with for over five years, Margaretta "Happy" Murphy. Public reaction to Nelson's divorce had been muted, but the headlines announcing his remarriage prompted the outrage and incredulity of many. Adding to the public's disapproval was the fact that in her recently settled divorce, Happy had surrendered custody of her four children.

Yet the political impact of Nelson's second marriage was even more irreversible than its moral implications. The polls, which had given him a comfortable lead over other potential candidates just weeks before, saw his popularity take a dive. Pundits called it an act of political self-destruction, noting that his presidential hopes seemed now more unattainable than ever. But the ever-confident Rockefeller forged ahead. Determined to regain the upper hand, he set out to turn the public's attention to the ideological battles heating up within the Republican Party. In July 1963 he publicly declared war against what he called the "extremist groups" that threatened to subvert the GOP from the right, taking aim at his main opponent for the nomination, conservative Barry Goldwater.


In the photo above is Happy in her College days at Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pa. Happy showed in the Class of 1944 yearbook above was one of the young wealthy Patricians of that era.

The atmosphere at the Republican convention was heated as Nelson Rockefeller stepped up to the podium to address the belligerent crowd: "During this year I have crisscrossed this nation, fighting … to keep the Republican party the party of all the people ... and warning of the extremist threat, its danger to the party, and danger to the nation," he said, taking his time as the crowd cheered "We want Barry!" "These extremists feed on fear, hate and terror, [they have] no program for America and the Republican Party... [they] operate from dark shadows of secrecy. It is essential that this convention repudiate here and now any doctrinaire, militant minority whether Communist, Ku Klux Klan or Birchers." It was, according to many, Nelson Rockefeller's finest moment -- but it did little to stop the conservative wave that was transforming the GOP.

Curtis Mathes Stereo "The Marquis" Model 40M253

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on July 14, 2011 at 7:24 PM Comments comments (662)

The photos below are of Patty's Curtis Mathes Stereo "The Marquis" Model 40M253 Phonograph/Radio/4-Track Tape Recorder Console with the original brochure and store and finance receipts--there are even used and unused wonderful condition. Patty's  parents took care of it since they purchased it for Patty's mother's birthday in 1966.

Check out these wonderful double speakers on each side of this stereo.

You can see the wonderful woodwork in this made in Texas beauty.

The photo below shows the awesome turntable and reel to reel.

Curtis Mathes Color Console made 1988 The Jacksonian.

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on June 24, 2011 at 4:23 PM Comments comments (73)

Curtis Mathes Color Console Television made August 1988, at Curtis Mathes Corporation, One Curtis Mathes Parkway, Athens, Texas 75751. The Model Style Colonial Jacksonian. U/L Listed 72H7 video product.

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This console has a prototype picture tube made for Curtis Mathes, it is a  black matrix color picture tube made by RCA for Curtis Mathes which has a phosphor layer and black matrix layer formed on the inner surface of the faceplate. A layer of glass having a low softening point is provided between the phosphor layer and the inner surface of the faceplate and between the black matrix layer and the inner surface of the faceplate. The softening point of the glass is below the temperature at which the tube is subjected during a frit baking step employed in the fabrication of the tube. For example, a borophosphate glass is used as the layer of glass having a low softening point. Quite remarkable for a 1988 model.

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There is an addition another improvement in this color picture tube which includes a rectangular faceplate panel having two long sides and two short sides. A rectangular shadow mask is suspended at its four corners by support means within the panel adjacent to a cathodoluminescent screen located on the panel. The tube has three principal axes that are mutually orthogonal to each other. These axes include a longitudinal axis which extends through the center of the tube perpendicularly to the center of the panel, a major axis which passes through the center of the panel paralleling the long sides of the panel, and a minor axis which passes through the center of the panel paralleling the short sides of the panel. Each of the support means has a central support axis. The improvement comprises the two support axes on each side of the minor axis crossing a plane containing the longitudinal and major axes at a point located between the minor axis and a short side of the panel.

China and the Great Leap Forward 1958-1960

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on June 22, 2011 at 7:11 PM Comments comments (0)

The Great Leap Forward 1958-1960

With the goal of economic and technical development, “The Great Leap Forward” was established by Mao Tse-Tung in 1958, but ended in economic failure. This program set up commune systems that divided families to work on the land as well as send Chinese workers to improve the infrastructure. Throughout 1959, there was an increased rate of starvation in addition to the decline of industrial plants because of a lack of profit motive. After this failure, Mao ordered for the “Great Proletariat Revolution”, which had people abandon capitalistic ideas, ending in chaos and myriad deaths.

Soviet Aid – 1950’s

During the 1950’s the Soviet Union and China developed an alliance between themselves, benefiting to both. The Soviets made major concessions to China, including the abrogation of Soviet privileges in Manchuria. In addition, trade between the bordering nations reached a value of two billion dollars annually. However, the past rivalry between the Soviets and the Chinese surfaced once the Soviets had refused aid in developing nuclear power in China, causing resentment and the breaking of the relationship.

The Sino-Soviet Split

• China dissatisfied with the lack of Soviet help during the Korean War.

• Belief that china was being treated as a Soviet Satellite

• USSR refuses China nuclear weapons, China wants to spread Communism in Asia

• Peaceful Co-existence speech was hated by China – not strong enough

• In 1959 Khrushchev visited the USA, a sign of weakness, on his way to visit China

• Mao criticized Khrushchev for not supporting the Great Leap Forward

• 1960 the USSR pulled out all its advisors

• 1964, China developed its own Nuclear bomb, then in 1967 a neutron bomb

• Over 4000 border incidents between the two countries.

What went wrong, why China got the upper hand.

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on June 21, 2011 at 5:54 PM Comments comments (0)

What went wrong, why China got the upper hand.


Even back in January 1957 we knew we would have a problem and we did nothing to stop the event of China taking over the world production economy.

Today China's ruling class is preparing itself to be the regional geopolitical power. The military budget has expanded faster than economic growth, and political-military forays are being launched. These include sending warships to the Spratly Islands, a potentially oil-rich outcropping in the South China Sea astride major shipping lanes; military maneuvers backing reasserted claims to Taiwan; and claiming oil fields controlled by Indonesia.

Important concessions have been thrown to the masses along the way. Over 100 million peasants have been lifted out of absolute poverty, and living conditions rose for many others. For this of course the masses can only really thank themselves for the sweat and toil that created the great mass of surplus value. The greatest benefits went to the capitalist class: the entrepreneurs and enterprising party officials (often the same). In a time when "paramount leader" Deng was proclaiming that "to get rich is glorious," the newly-acquired wealth and status was now flaunted -- with a vengeance.

A wonderful Curtis Mathes Company photo taken by James Cooper

Posted by Glenn Edward Waters III on May 24, 2011 at 4:36 PM Comments comments (0)

This is a wonderful Curtis Mathes Company photo taken by James Cooper it was around 1982 at a banquet in Athens. It is of a good number of the engineering group circa 1982. James believes this was shortly before the moved to Las Colinas. James remember Curtis Mathes Jr. was there that evening because he sat right next to him! He ate a double layer of steak! Unfortunately, he left before James took this picture. Also, alas, James is not in the picture because he was taking the picture!