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Amazing Curtis Mathes Color Televisions Models Made in the 1970s and 1980s

Glenn enjoys collecting amazing vintage items. It's a fun and educational way to relive the joys of the past!

Professor John Robinson, Striking a Pose on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME. Portrayed by Guy Williams

Professor John Robinson, Striking a Pose on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME. Portrayed by Guy Williams

3 Amazing Color Televisions Pulled From Hot, Steamy Sheds

These three amazing color television were pulled out of a hot dank and steamy set of sheds in a forgotten corner of Tennessee. Yes, I placed them there many years ago for safekeeping, but as life has a way of throwing you curveballs, they were in those sheds for way too long—exposed to drastic temperature changes and the cruelty of time.

Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

The first on in this article is the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1 (RCA picture tube mode 25VGTP22), which was made from 1975 to 1983. This was the oldest in this group of three. This large console was also the most expensive of the group.

The television was under a ton of heavy things, on the bottom and near the door of the shed. I was fearful she would be dead, but she is still very much alive. I even had to clean out a huge mouse nest from her chassis and she still was in operational condition.

Fritz Feld as Mr. Zumdish, looking very Dapper on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME … Mr.  Zumdish was a manager of the Celestial Department Store

Fritz Feld as Mr. Zumdish, looking very Dapper on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME … Mr. Zumdish was a manager of the Celestial Department Store

All the Rescued Curtis Mathes Televisions Work Well

One thing I can tell you for my experience with these television is that Curtis Mathes made a very rugged and dependable television during this era. Any electrical device that can make it through over ten years of brutal temperature extremes, and steamy hot Tennessee weather and ice cold Tennessee wet winters is a well-built device. So far all the Curtis Mathes televisions I have rescued from these sheds have work supremely well.

Angela Cartwright as Penny Robinson, and Dee Hartford as Verda look amazing on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME …

Angela Cartwright as Penny Robinson, and Dee Hartford as Verda look amazing on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME …

Playing Shows on These Magical TVs Gives Me Great Joy

Playing shows on these magical televisions gives me great joy and happiness; it takes me back to a much happier time. I just hook up a VCR to the back of the television and away I go to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, when there were video stores and I had a house full of children, and life was fun and full of wonder.

These televisions were someone's pride and joy back in those days. The full broadcasting of analog television ended in February 17, 2009 for most of the world. It was before and around this time that I began saving these lovely televisions from landfills. Not to be rude but sometimes people can be so gullible and foolish. These beautiful consoles and portable television could have received digital broadcasting if they had a modulator attached.

But no, the public started the move to the next big thing, the analog televisions were taken to landfills along with the VHS tapes and players, and LP records. When I think of all the beautiful consoles and players that were destroyed during that time period, it makes me very sad.

Dee Hartford as Verda the Famous Android is Lovely on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME. The RCA picture tube 25VGTP22 produces a beautiful picture.

Dee Hartford as Verda the Famous Android is Lovely on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME. The RCA picture tube 25VGTP22 produces a beautiful picture.

I Worked for Curtis Mathes Back in the 1980s

I worked for Curtis Mathes back in the 1980s in the console design department. They really put a lot of detail in their models. We worked diligently with the products we had at our disposal. Many of our circuit boards came for Japan, and we also used RCA picture tubes, what some would call clones.

The RCA picture tube mode 25VGTP22 is an example of the quality of our picture tubes in the early 1980s. By the mid 1980s, we had moved to the more reliable Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

 Mr. Zumdish is all in Bright Beautiful Color on the Curtis Mathes Color Console

Mr. Zumdish is all in Bright Beautiful Color on the Curtis Mathes Color Console

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Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson, and  June Lockhart as Maureen Robinson in Lovely Green on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Guy Williams as Dr. John Robinson, and June Lockhart as Maureen Robinson in Lovely Green on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Curtis Mathes was to try to make the Cabinet lighter and more Durable

One of the most important parts of cabinet design at Curtis Mathes was to try to make the cabinet lighter and more durable. Curtis Mathes used plastic and fiberglass imitation wood laminate on the bumper and attached caster wheels to the larger consoles to help in moving them. Detailed cabinet front designs also used many types of laminate to make a more durable cabinet design.

Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson and Mark Goddard as Major Don West, are Bright and Matching on the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1, RCA  picture tube mode 25VGTP22

Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson and Mark Goddard as Major Don West, are Bright and Matching on the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1, RCA picture tube mode 25VGTP22

Bill Mumy as Will Robinson, Jonathan Harris as Dr. Zachary Smith and Bob May as The Robot in Lovely Color  on the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME.

Bill Mumy as Will Robinson, Jonathan Harris as Dr. Zachary Smith and Bob May as The Robot in Lovely Color on the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME.

This model is a wonderful example of the workmanship that went into the finished Curtis Mathes Consoles. The Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME was a work of art.

This model is a wonderful example of the workmanship that went into the finished Curtis Mathes Consoles. The Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME was a work of art.

The Curtis Mathes Model Lable on the Back of the Console Has a lot of Information.

The Curtis Mathes Model Lable on the Back of the Console Has a lot of Information.

Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson and Bill Mumy as Will Robinson in The Great Vegetable Rebellion playing on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1, RCA picture tube mode 25VGTP22

Marta Kristen as Judy Robinson and Bill Mumy as Will Robinson in The Great Vegetable Rebellion playing on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1, RCA picture tube mode 25VGTP22

This is on the Inside of the Cabinet, these Printed Notes are Full of Important Information

This is on the Inside of the Cabinet, these Printed Notes are Full of Important Information

Major West looks very handsome and bold on this Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1

Major West looks very handsome and bold on this Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME Chassis C85-1

The RCA Picture Tube 25VGTP22,1975-1983, this is where the magic starts by giving life to the Curtis Mathes model color console H2508ME, Chassis C85-1.

The RCA Picture Tube 25VGTP22,1975-1983, this is where the magic starts by giving life to the Curtis Mathes model color console H2508ME, Chassis C85-1.

Curtis Mathes vs. Zenith and RCA

Being a television manufacturer in Texas put Curtis Mathes at odds with Zenith and RCA. For one thing, it was the only southern manufacturer of televisions. Later, when Philips bought out Magnavox, there were Magnavox plants in Tennessee, but Curtis Mathes had a Texas spin on their televisions: They were large consoles and Curtis Mathes sold most of their merchandise at their own showrooms, where they even rented out VHS tapes.

The company also preferred to do their own repairs on their televisions and stereos.

The Robot striking a pose on the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME. Two people played him Dick Tufeld as The Robot(voice) and Bob May as The Robot.

The Robot striking a pose on the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME. Two people played him Dick Tufeld as The Robot(voice) and Bob May as The Robot.

The Inside of the Control Panel of the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME. Note all the wires and circuit boards that controled the colors and sound.

The Inside of the Control Panel of the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME. Note all the wires and circuit boards that controled the colors and sound.

The 4 Major Texas Manufacturing Centers for Curtis Mathes Electronics

Back during the 1980s, there were four major manufacturing centers for Curtis Mathes Electronics in Texas. One was in Athens, Texas; the second was in Dallas, Texas; the third was in Houston, Texas; and the fourth was in Austin, Texas.

Many of the plant centers had been in operating back to the Mathes Cooler Fan days. But the largest and most modern was the Texas-size plant in Athens, Texas.

Will looking a little Green, but I just press the Magic Color Button and it will fix the problem. The control panel of the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME has lots of controls to help keep the colors balanced.

Will looking a little Green, but I just press the Magic Color Button and it will fix the problem. The control panel of the Curtis Color Console Model H2508ME has lots of controls to help keep the colors balanced.

A Wonderful amount of Information inside the Cabinet of the Curtis Mathes Color Console H2508ME

A Wonderful amount of Information inside the Cabinet of the Curtis Mathes Color Console H2508ME

Billy Mumy as Will talking with the Alan Hewitt as Lemnoc on the Curtis Mathes model color console H2508ME

Billy Mumy as Will talking with the Alan Hewitt as Lemnoc on the Curtis Mathes model color console H2508ME

ON the Curtis Mathes model color console H2508ME this Control Panel was Well Loved and Used Probably Daily for Many Years

ON the Curtis Mathes model color console H2508ME this Control Panel was Well Loved and Used Probably Daily for Many Years

Doctor Smith Making a Batch of Rocket Fuel on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Major West is Going to Say something Bold on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Major West is Going to Say something Bold on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Major West is Going to Say something Bold on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Doctor Smith working on His Secret Fuel Formula on the on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Doctor Smith working on His Secret Fuel Formula on the on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Doctor Smith working on His Secret Fuel Formula on the on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Model H2508ME

Still Looking Great, the Curtis Mathes Color Television Console H2508ME

Still Looking Great and made in the Late 1970s early 1980s Curtis Mathes Color Console H2508ME, Chassis C85-1, RCA Picture Tube 25VGTP22,1975-1983

Still Looking Great and made in the Late 1970s early 1980s Curtis Mathes Color Console H2508ME, Chassis C85-1, RCA Picture Tube 25VGTP22,1975-1983

Sulu and Captain Kirk Looking Good on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Sulu and Captain Kirk Looking Good on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, made May 1982

Sulu and Captain Kirk Looking Good on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, made May 1982

Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, made May 1982, Test Playing Star Trek

Captain Kirk in a Deep Thought on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Captain Kirk in a Deep Thought on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Captain Kirk in a Deep Thought on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

This is Such a Beautiful and Well-Designed Color Television, the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

This is Such a Beautiful and Well-Designed Color Television, the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

This is Such a Beautiful and Well-Designed Color Television, the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Sulu on Star Trek in Beautiful Pastels on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Sulu on Star Trek in Beautiful Pastels on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Sulu on Star Trek in Beautiful Pastels on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Captain Kirk in Brillant Colors on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, made May 1982

Captain Kirk in Brillant Colors on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, made May 1982.

Captain Kirk in Brillant Colors on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, made May 1982.

1982 Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, Playing IDAK, Revolt of the Androids

Just saved from the Shed the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Just saved from the Shed the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Just saved from the Shed the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, Playing Lost in Space, Doctor Smith hates that Ruby Eating Creature

The Lable on the Back of the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

The Lable on the Back of the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW has a lot of cool information, such as the date it was made and serial number.

The Lable on the Back of the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW has a lot of cool information, such as the date it was made and serial number.

These Portables were Portable in Name only they Were very Heavy and Built to Last

 Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW ... These Portables were Portable in Name only they Were very Heavy and Built to Last

Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW ... These Portables were Portable in Name only they Were very Heavy and Built to Last

An Amazing amount of Information on the Back of the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

An Amazing amount of Information on the Back of the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

An Amazing amount of Information on the Back of the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW Playing Lost in Space

Will and Tucker, Treasure of the Lost Planet, Playing on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Will and Tucker on Lost in Space, Treasure of the Lost Planet, Playing on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Will and Tucker on Lost in Space, Treasure of the Lost Planet, Playing on the Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW

Albert Salmi Playing Captain Alonzo P. Tucker on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Albert Salmi Playing  Captain Alonzo P. Tucker on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Albert Salmi Playing Captain Alonzo P. Tucker on the Curtis Mathes Color TV Model H1950MW

Curtis Mathes Color Television Model H1950MW, Playing Lost in Space, Doctor Smith hates that Ruby Eating Creature

Dee Hartford as Verda on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Made May 1987, Playing Lost in Space, Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture Tube

Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Made May 1987, Playing Lost in Space, Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture Tube

Built to Last, the 1987 Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Built to Last, the 1987 Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC,    with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Built to Last, the 1987 Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

The Robot in Beautiful Color on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

The Robot in Beautiful Color on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture Tube was a thing of beauty and built to last.

The Robot in Beautiful Color on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture Tube was a thing of beauty and built to last.

Verda meeting John and Maureen Robinson and their daughter Judy on the Curtis Mathes Color TV

Verda meeting John and Maureen Robinson and their daughter Judy on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Verda meeting John and Maureen Robinson and their daughter Judy on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

My Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Made May 1987, Playing Lost in Space

Doctor Smith looks rather Dapper on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Doctor Smith looks rather Dapper on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Doctor Smith looks rather Dapper on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Verda taking care of Doctor Smith's Feet on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Verda taking care of Doctor Smith's Feet on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Verda taking care of Doctor Smith's Feet on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Verda and Doctor Smith, Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Playing Lost in Spac

Here is a Lovely Shot of Verda on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Here is a Lovely Shot of Verda on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Here is a Lovely Shot of Verda on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

The Robot using his Pointer to show Doctor Smith how it is on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC

The Robot using his Pointer to show Doctor Smith how it is on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RCon with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

The Robot using his Pointer to show Doctor Smith how it is on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RCon with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Penny and Will are at School with Verda Teaching them on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC

Penny and Will are at School with Verda Teaching them on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Penny and Will are at School with Verda Teaching them on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Dennis Hopper as Paul Grant, on the Queen of Blood, on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC

Dennis Hopper as Paul Grant, on the Queen of Blood, on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Dennis Hopper as Paul Grant, on the Queen of Blood, on the Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Made May 1987, Playing Planet of Blood, Queen of Blood, 1966-USA, VHS

Two of the Astronauts going to the Wrecked Ship of the Queen of Blood, on the Curtis Mathes Color TV

Two of the Astronauts going to the Wrecked Ship of the Queen of Blood, on the Curtis Mathes Color TV ... Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Two of the Astronauts going to the Wrecked Ship of the Queen of Blood, on the Curtis Mathes Color TV ... Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Made May 1987, Playing Planet of Blood, 1966

The Human Crew of the Space Craft on Mars with the Alien Queen on the Curtis Mathes Color TV

The Human Crew of the Space Craft on Mars with the Alien Queen on the Curtis Mathes Color TV ... Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

The Human Crew of the Space Craft on Mars with the Alien Queen on the Curtis Mathes Color TV ... Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

The Queen of Blood looking Happy to See the Human Men on the Curtis Mathes Color TV

The Queen of Blood looking Happy to See the Human Men on the Curtis Mathes Color TV ... Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

The Queen of Blood looking Happy to See the Human Men on the Curtis Mathes Color TV ... Curtis Mathes TV Model B2610RC with the Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture tube.

Florence Marly as the Queen of Blood, she has just Been Saved on Curtis Mathes Color Console

Florence Marly as the Queen of Blood, she has just Been Saved on Curtis Mathes Color Console

Florence Marly as the Queen of Blood, she has just Been Saved on Curtis Mathes Color Console

The Queen of Blood Going After Her Second Victim on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Judi Meredith as Laura James she was a Crew member on the Spaceship on the Curtis Mathes Color Television B2610RC

Judi Meredith as Laura James she was a Crew member on the Spaceship on the Curtis Mathes Color Television B2610RC. She was the one who ended the nightmare of the Queen of Blood.

Judi Meredith as Laura James she was a Crew member on the Spaceship on the Curtis Mathes Color Television B2610RC. She was the one who ended the nightmare of the Queen of Blood.

In the video below Queen of Blood Laid Her Babies All Over the Ship, on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC

Queen of Blood Laid Her Babies All Over the Ship, on the Curtis Mathes Color Console Television Model B2610RC, Made May 1987, Playing Planet of Blood, Queen of Blood, 1966-USA, VHS, Staring John Saxon, Dennis Hopper, Judi Meredith, Basil Rathbone, Curtis Harrington. My daughter helped me get her out of the shed for Father's Day, My Curtis Mathes Color Console Television. Made May 1987, Curtis Mathes Television model B2610RC. It has a very nice CRT and had been a daily player for almost 30 years. I know that RCA and JVC sometimes made Curtis Mathes CRTs for the company after 1980. This model has an amazing Hitachi A66ABU30X Picture Tube, no longer in stock and they sold for $506.07 back when they did have them.

Queen of Blood Laid Her Babies All Over the Ship, on the Curtis Mathes Color Console TV B2610RC

Florence Marly as Alien Queen, on the Curtis Mathes Color Console TV B2610RC

Florence Marly as Alien Queen, on the Curtis Mathes Color Console TV B2610RC, she was the Queen of Blood, and was sent on a mission to Earth.

Florence Marly as Alien Queen, on the Curtis Mathes Color Console TV B2610RC, she was the Queen of Blood, and was sent on a mission to Earth.

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