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1949 ADMIRAL S3-49 stove ($300) and 1950's Philco Picture Tube Vintage Muntz TV Television - $125
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Post# 755347   5/6/2014 at 21:43 (2,121 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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For the Philco fans..


2) 1950's Philco Picture Tube Vintage Muntz TV Television - $125 -

Post# 755349 , Reply# 1   5/6/2014 at 22:01 (2,121 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Oh, My God.

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That is the Muntz TV my dreaded, and dreadful, maternal grandmother had, the exact one. That photo gave me the shudders!

Muntz is not a good word in our family, anyway. My dad trained with RCA, but didn't get hired right away, so he went to work for Muntz. At that time, Earl Muntz had jumped on the early '50s TV bandwagon selling sets cheaper than anyone else. How did he do it? By building a lower-quality set than anyone else dared put their name on.

The crappy quality ensured that it wasn't long before he went out of business, taking my dad's job with him. Dad says the guy - long dead, of course - still owes him some pay.

RCA hired him not too long after - the beginning of forty years with the company. But don't say "Muntz" to him.

Post# 755354 , Reply# 2   5/6/2014 at 22:26 (2,121 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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I know my dad bought Zenith and earlier tv's - don't think they were Muntz. I never heard anyone praise a Muntz - or even talk about buying one. Life is full of surprises. I think I'll leave out the Muntz tv's if I come across anymore...sorry to bring up some bad memories, Sandy!

Post# 755358 , Reply# 3   5/6/2014 at 22:40 (2,121 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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No, it's really sort of a joke in the family, except that Dad doesn't take getting abused lightly - he has a hard time forgetting and letting go.

The part about Mom's mom is the bad memory. Remember "The Queen of Mean," the late Leona Helmsley? Leona would have fled from that grandmother in terror.

Fortunately, I had another grandmother, and the good memories she made for me are frequently seen on this site. :)

Post# 755400 , Reply# 4   5/7/2014 at 05:32 (2,120 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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Lol , Sandy - Leona Helmsley - "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes". She was such a sweetheart of the Dark Side Club. Muntz and Leona - we sure get a history lesson here. :^P

Post# 755446 , Reply# 5   5/7/2014 at 11:53 (2,120 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The only place I saw Muntz TVs advertised was in the green TV section that came in the Saturday Atlanta Journal (and Constitution, too, I guess). Was it a national brand?

Post# 755447 , Reply# 6   5/7/2014 at 11:59 (2,120 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Yes, Muntz was national.

Nationally reviled, but national.

Post# 755459 , Reply# 7   5/7/2014 at 13:12 (2,120 days old) by dnastrau (Lords Valley, PA)        
Muntz TV

My dad has talked about a Muntz TV that they had back in Philadelphia.  It hung around for a long time but I think that was because it eventually became an occasional use set.  I'll have to ask him if it gave my grandparents a lot of trouble.  The "roundie" RCA color console that my grandfather bought in 1964-65 lasted all the way into the late '80s.

Post# 755480 , Reply# 8   5/7/2014 at 14:10 (2,120 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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We had a Muntz, it was the first color set we owned. Late 60's, I'm sure my dad got it on a closeout or something. I know it lasted up into the late 70's.

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