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Philco for 1934 (introduced January 1934)

The following Philco models remained in the lineup: 14B, 14L, 14RX, 14X, 16B, 16L, 16RX, 17B, 17LS, 17XS, 18B, 18L, 18H, 18X, 19B, 19H, 38L, 44H, 47 (all versions), 60L, 89 (all versions).

The following models were discontinued: 16X, 19L, 19X, 38B, 44B, 54C, 57C, 60B, 80B, 81B.

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Model 14MX Model 16X Model 19X Model 32B Model 32L Model 34B Model 34L Model 38B Model 44B Model 44X
Model 54C Model 58C Model 60B Model 60MB Model 84B Model 503L

Philco Model 14MX

Models 14MX & 18MX

Model 14MX shown; Model 18MX is identical in appearance.

These new Philco consoles reflected a more "modern" school of thought. Note how the legs have disappeared and the entire cabinet has taken on a more "streamlined" appearance.

This new cabinet could be purchased with either the nine-tube Model 14 or the eight-tube Model 18 chassis.

Original selling price: Not available (14MX), $85 (18MX)

Number made: 6,407 (Note: Figure includes production of both 14MX & 18MX, as well as June 1934 Models 18MX & 118MX)


Philco Model 16X

Model 16X

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

This is the same cabinet which was used for the Fall 1933 Models 14X and 18X.

Some of these Model 16X sets have a larger version of the repwood escutcheon with musicians on either side of the dial opening; others have the standard Model 16 escutcheon (as shown here).

Original selling price: $175

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 19X

Model 19X

This new 19X contained a revised chassis (Code 128), which had a different parts layout underneath, and slightly higher power output (5 watts compared to the 3 watts of previous Model 19 versions).

Original selling price: $75

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 44X as well as June 1934 Model 29X)


Philco Model 32B

Model 32B

Note: Grille cloth should be the 70/90 pattern.

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

A new Philco for farms wired for 32 volt DC power. The Model 32 was based on the Model 89, but with a separate vibrator power supply designed to operate from the 32 volt DC source found in some rural areas of the time.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 10,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 34B & 44B)


Philco Model 32L

Model 32L

The outward appearance of Model 32L is identical to the Model 89L, but this set was designed for use on a 32 volt DC power supply.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 16,807 (Note: Figure includes July 1933 Models 38L & 60L as well as Fall 1933 Models 17LS & 18L)


Philco Model 34B

Model 34B

A new all-wave Philco designed to operate on batteries.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 10,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B & 44B)


Philco Model 34L

Model 34L

Note: Escutcheon and knob layout differs from this factory illustration.

The console version of Model 34; a fine addition to any farmhouse.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 13,000 (Note: Figure includes July 1933 Models 14B & 18B)


Philco Model 38B

Model 38B

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 57,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 60B)


Philco Model 44B

Model 44B

This "flat-face" version of Model 44B is somewhat easier to find than is the Fall 1933 inset-panel version.

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 10,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B & 34B)


Philco Model 44X

Model 44X

Note: 1935 Model 29X shown. Model 44X cabinet is identical except for the escutcheon and knob layout.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 19X as well as June 1934 Model 29X)


Philco Model 54C

Model 54C

Photo courtesy John Mielke

This new compact Philco was the company's first model to use "photofinish" to give the front panel the appearance of expensive veneer inlays.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 49,415 (Note: Figure includes Model 58C as well as June 1934 Model 59C)


Philco Model 58C

Model 58C

The successor to Model 57C now had an illuminated dial, as well as a photofinished front panel identical to Model 54C.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 49,415 (Note: Figure includes Model 54C as well as June 1934 Model 59C)


Philco Model 60B

Model 60B

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 57,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 38B)


Philco Model 60MB

Model 60MB

This unusual Philco has a sort of European look, quite different from previous Philco offerings. The mottled grille cloth is unique to this model.

Original selling price: $37.50

Number made: 15,000

 


Philco Model 84B

Model 84B

Photo courtesy Rob Smith

Successor to Models 80B & 81B, this new four-tube regenerative Philco had a larger speaker, and worked slightly better than did its predecessors.

Original selling price: $20

Number made: 28,980

 


Philco Model 503L

Models 500L, 503L, 504L & 505L

Model 503L shown. Model 500L, 504L & 505L cabinets are identical in appearance.

Photo courtesy Keith Park

After the absence of about a year or so, Philco began trying to get back into the radio-phonograph business in early 1934. However, their radio-phonographs continued to sell poorly. Radio-phonograph combinations would not really begin selling well for Philco until the 1941 season.

These three models, while identical in appearance, contain very different chassis: Model 500 was the best, with the 11-tube Model 16 chassis. Model 503L (shown above) used an eight-tube Model 18 chassis; Model 504L, a six-tube Model 44 chassis; and Model 505L, a five-tube Model 60 chassis.

All four models used a single-play 78 rpm phonograph, with the same, heavy, Victor-designed tone arm that had been used since the June 1930 Model 296.

Original selling price: Not available (500L, 503L, 504L), $90 (505L)

Number made: 936 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 500L, 503L, 504L & 505L)