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Philco for 1935 (introduced June 1934)

The following models remained in the Philco lineup: 54C, 60L, 84B, 505L. All other 1933-34 Philco models were discontinued.

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Model 16B Model 16L Model 16X Model 16RX Model 18B Model 18H Model 18X Model 18MX Model 28C Model 28L
Model 29D Model 29X Model 29TX Model 32B Model 32L Model 34B Model 34L Model 38B Model 38L Model 39B
Model 45C Model 45L Model 49B Model 49H Model 49D Model 49X Model 54S Model 59C Model 59S Model 60B
Model 66B Model 89B Model 89L Model 118B Model 118H Model 118D Model 118X Model 118MX Model 118RX Model 144B
Model 144H Model 144D Model 144X Model 200X Model 500X Model 503X Model 505X

For the first time, Philco referred to its model year as being the following calendar year. These new "1935" models were introduced to its dealers in May 1934, and to the public in June 1934.

With four models carried over from January 1934, Philco's model lineup was up to 51 different radios for a potential radio purchaser to choose from.


Philco Model 16B

Model 16B

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

The new 16B was even larger than the previous year's 16B cathedral, with a larger (10-1/2 inch) speaker. The chassis was the same as the 1933-34 model, however, with 11 tubes and 5 bands.

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 18,147 (Note: Figure includes production of Fall 1934 Model 16B)


Philco Model 16L

Model 16L

Note: Grille cloth should be the Philco early "V" pattern.

Photo courtesy Gib Epling; owner - John Bennett

As with a majority of Philco's new 1935 model line, the 16L received a completely new cabinet with new "hex" knobs and a new escutcheon.

Original selling price: $150

Number made: 11,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 34L)


Philco Model 16X

Model 16X

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Goldstein

Another completely new, more "modern" cabinet for the 16X. This turned out to be the best-selling version of the 16 for the 1935 season.

Original selling price: $175

Number made: 23,475


Philco Model 16RX, Chairside Unit Philco Model 16RX, Speaker Unit

Model 16RX

Model 16RX-TU chairside (left) and Model 16RX-SU separate speaker unit (right)

This was a completely new chairside. As with most Philco chairside models using separate speakers, the speaker cabinet was larger than the control unit. They were connected to each other using a 25-foot cable.

Original selling price: $225

Number made: 2,000


Philco Model 18B

Model 18B

Photo courtesy Kirk Sokolowski

Unlike the previous season's Model 18 which had two-band coverage (AM and the "police" band from 1.5 to 4 mc), the new 18 was a single band receiver covering the AM band only, from 540 to 1720 kc.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 19,198 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 49B & 118B)


Philco Model 18H

Model 18H

Note: Escutcheon is different from that shown in this factory illustration.

Original selling price: $79.50

Number made: 38,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 49H, 118H & 144H)


Philco Model 18X

Model 18X

Note: Knob layout differs from this factory illustration.

The new 18X is identical to the Fall 1933 18X, except that this year's model only received the AM band.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 27,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 49X, 118X & 144X as well as Fall 1933 Models 14X & 18X)


Philco Model 18MX

Model 18MX

Note: January 1934 Model 14MX shown. Model 18MX cabinet is identical in appearance.

Original selling price: $85

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


Philco Model 28C

Model 28C

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

One of two Philco models that have become very popular in recent years; this is the AC/DC version of what has been dubbed the "Butterfly" by collectors.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 58,300 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 45C)


Philco Model 28L

Model 28L

Note: Knob layout differs from this factory illustration.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 29D

Model 29D

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 49D, 118D & 144D)


Philco Model 29X

Model 29X

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1934 Models 19X & 44X)


Philco Model 29TX Chairside Unit, Early Version Philco Model 29TX Chairside Unit, Late Version
Philco Model 29TX Speaker Unit

Model 29TX

Model 29TX-TU early version (upper left) and late version (upper right)

Photo at upper left courtesy Michael Prosise

Model 29TX-SU speaker cabinet (left)

Philco tried another compact chairside model with a separate speaker in 1935. There are two versions of the control unit; the early version with straight sides as shown above at left, and the late version with slanted sides as shown above at right.

This model did not sell as well as the previous season's Model 19TX, which was also a compact chairside unit with a separate speaker cabinet.

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 500 (Note: Figure includes production of both versions)


Philco Model 32B

Model 32B

Photo courtesy Charles Gibbons

For proper cabinet coloring and grille cloth, see Model 118B below.

This is the new 1935 version of Philco's 32-volt DC cathedral.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 16,070 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 34B & 144B)


Philco Model 32L

Model 32L

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 34B

Model 34B

Photo courtesy Ryan Meldahl

The battery-operated, all-wave Model 34 continued to use the 1934 escutcheon and older-style "rosette" knobs, although both escutcheon and knobs were now black instead of medium brown.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 16,070 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B & 144B)


Philco Model 34L

Model 34L

Photo courtesy Phil Hall

Original selling price: $95

Number made: 11,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 16L)


Philco Model 38B

Model 38B

The new 1935 version of the popular battery-operated Baby Grand. Early models use a metal escutcheon with the PHILCO trademark embossed into it, with no PHILCO decal.

Original selling price: $49.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 38L

Model 38L

Note: Knob layout differs from this factory illustration.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 39B

Model 39B

Photo courtesy David Woodward

A new battery-operated Baby Grand, which could receive AM and one shortwave band (5.5 to 16 mc).

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 62,070 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 89B as well as Fall 1934 Model 66B)


Philco Model 45C

Model 45C

Photo courtesy William Dince

This is the other "Butterfly," an AC-operated compact table model which uses six tubes and covers AM and one shortwave band, from 4.2 to 13 mc.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 58,300 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 28C)


Philco Model 45L

Model 45L

Photo courtesy Ryan Meldahl

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 49B

Model 49B

Model 118B shown. Model 49B is identical in appearance.

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Goldstein

The 1935 season brought a new line of Philcos designed to operate on 110 volts direct current (DC) only, even though the company was slowly making more sets that could run on either AC or DC current.

The new Model 49 was based on the Model 118's circuitry, and had the same frequency coverage (540-1720 kc & 4.2-12 mc).

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 19.198 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18B & 118B)


Philco Model 49H

Model 49H

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 38,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18H, 118H & 144H)


Philco Model 49D

Model 49D

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 29D, 118D & 144D)


Philco Model 49X

Model 49X

Note: Knob layout differs from this factory illustration.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 27,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18X, 118X & 144X as well as Fall 1933 Models 14X & 18X)


Philco Model 54S

Model 54S

An all-new cabinet for Model 54 which offered buyers a choice between this model and the older 54C which was still available.

Original selling price: $35

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 59C

Model 59C

A new four-tube regenerative compact which was the successor to the previous season's Model 58.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 49,415 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1934 Models 54C & 58C)


Philco Model 59S

Model 59S

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 60B, early version Philco Model 60B, later version

Model 60B

Early version of Model 60B on left; later version on right.

Photo on left courtesy Ed Locker

As may be seen here, initial production of the new 60 Baby Grand sets used the older 1933-34 escutcheon which had the PHILCO trademark embossed into the metal and no decal. Later production 60B sets used a bakelite escutcheon with the PHILCO decal between the dial and the tuning knob.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 66B

Model 66B

The new Model 66 Baby Grand looks nearly identical to the January 1934 Model 60MB. Both used the same cabinet. However, notice how the 66B uses a different pattern of grille cloth. And in addition, while both are 5-tube sets, Model 66 covers the AM band and shortwave from 5.5 to 16 mc, while Model 60 covers AM and the "police" band from 1.5 to 4 mc.

Original selling price:$39.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 89B

Model 89B

Photo courtesy David Kasabo

A new look for an old favorite.

Original selling price: $39.50

Number made: 62,070 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 39B as well as Fall 1934 Model 66B)


Philco Model 89L

Model 89L

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 118B

Model 118B

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Goldstein

This set can trace its lineage back to the 1933-34 Model 18, as it also uses eight tubes and has very similar circuitry. The difference is in the frequency coverage: Model 118 receives AM and shortwave from 540-1720 kc and 4.2-12 mc, respectively.

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 19,198 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18B & 49B)


Philco Model 118H

Model 118H

Photo courtesy Chuck Bailey

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 38,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18H, 49H & 144H)


Philco Model 118D

Model 118D

Photo courtesy Jim Burns

Original selling price: $129.50

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 29D, 49D & 144D)


Philco Model 118X

Model 118X

Note: Knob layout differs from this factory illustration.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 27,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18X, 49X & 144X as well as Fall 1933 Models 14X & 18X)


Philco Model 118MX

Model 118MX

Photo courtesy Bob Wilson

Original selling price: $85

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


Philco Model 118RX chairside unit Philco Model 118RX speaker unit

Model 118RX

Model 118RX-TU chairside unit on left; 118RX-SU speaker cabinet on right.

One of Philco's more unusual styles in chairside radios. The separate speaker cabinet is identical to the 29TX speaker cabinet. Not very many of either model were made; interest in chairsides seemed to be dwindling, although Philco continued to offer various types of chairside models through the 1940 model year.

Original selling price: $125

Number made: 500


Philco Model 144B

Model 144B

Successor to the 1933-34 Model 44, this six-tube all-wave set added a shadowmeter, a four-point tone control, and a slightly more powerful audio output.

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 16,070 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B & 34B)


Philco Model 144H

Model 144H

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 38,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18H, 49H & 118H)


Philco Model 144D

Model 144D

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 5,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 29D, 49D & 118D)


Philco Model 144X

Model 144X

Note: Escutcheon and knob layout is different from that shown in this factory illustration.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 27,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 18X, 49X & 118X as well as Fall 1933 Models 14X & 18X)


Philco Model 200X

Model 200X

This is a historically significant set. While most people today have been conditioned to believe that AM has very poor frequency response, this was not always the case. In fact, this very model was designed to receive a wider frequency audio range than the normal AM receiver of the time - 50 to 7500 cycles.

While keeping in mind that most vintage radios can outperform any modern AM receiver, average AM sets of the time would only reproduce an audio frequency range up to 4000 cycles.

The Philco 200X was the industry's first high fidelity radio, thanks to its variable bandwidth control which made high fidelity reception possible when conditions were right; the control could be adjusted to narrow the audio bandwidth when necessary, also.

It only received the AM band (540-1720 kc), and used 10 tubes.

Original selling price: $200

Number made: 3,500


Philco Model 500X

Models 500X & 501X

Illustration is representative of Models 500X & 501X, as both are identical in appearance.

Two new radio-phonographs for the 1935 season used the Model 16 all-wave chassis. The difference? Model 500X used a single play 78 rpm phonograph, while Model 501X had an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $250 (500X), $295 (501X)

Number made: 1,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 500X & 501X)


Philco Model 503L

Models 503L, 506L & 507L

Illustration is representative of Models 503L, 506L & 507L, as all three are identical in appearance.

Philco also offered three other radio-phonograph models, which shared the same cabinet styling: Model 503L, which used the new AM-only Model 18 chassis; Model 506L, which used a Model 144 chassis; and Model 507L, which used a Model 118 chassis.

Original selling price: $139.50 (503L), $150 (506L & 507L)

Number made: 2,500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 503L, 506L & 507L)


Philco Model 505L

Model 505L

Note: Escutcheon is different from that shown in this factory illustration.

Model 505L was carried over from January 1934. It uses the five-tube Model 60 chassis and a single-play 78 rpm phonograph.

Original selling price: $90

Number made: 936 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1934 Models 500L, 503L, 504L & 505L)