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Philco for 1936 (introduced June 1935)

The following models remained in the Philco lineup: 38B, 54C, 59C, 60B, 89B. All other 1935 Philco models were discontinued.

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Model 32B Model 32F Model 38B Model 38F Model 54S Model 60B Model 60F Model 89F Model 116B Model 116X
Model 116PX Model 610B Model 610F Model 610PF Model 611B Model 611F Model 620B Model 620F Model 623B Model 623F
Model 630B Model 630X Model 630PF Model 630CSX Model 640B Model 640X, early version Model 640X, later version Model 640PF Model 641B Model 641X
Model 642B Model 642F Model 643B Model 643X Model 650B Model 650H Model 650X Model 650MX Model 650PX Model 650RX
Model 660L Model 660X Model 680X

Philco Model 32B

Model 32B

Photo courtesy Phil Hall

The six-tube, 32-volt DC Model 32 continued on with a new Baby Grand cabinet.

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 24,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 640B, 641B, 643B & 650B)


Philco Model 32F

Model 32F

The Model 32 also received a new console cabinet for the 1936 season.

Original selling price: $79.50

Number made: 75,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 89F, 611F, 620F, 623F & 642F as well as January 1936 Model 624F)


Philco Model 38B

Model 38B

Photo courtesy Philip Sarasqueta

The difference between the 1935 and 1936 versions of Model 38B is a larger escutcheon and different dial scale on the 1936 model. Otherwise, this five-tube battery set remained unchanged.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 38F

Model 38F

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 110,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 60F & 610F)


Philco Model 54S

Models 54S & 59S

Model 54S shown; Model 59S is identical in appearance.

While the January 1935 Models 54C and 59C were carried over into the new 1936 season, the 54S and 59S received new cabinets.

Model 54 uses five tubes and operates on either AC or DC current; Model 59 is a four-tube regenerative superheterodyne which operates on AC only.

Original selling price: $35 (54S), $29.95 (59S)

Number made: 16,700 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 54S & 59S)


Philco Model 60B

Model 60B

Like Model 38B, the five-tube Model 60B is identical to the 1935 version except for the larger escutcheon and different dial scale on the 1936 model.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 60F

Model 60F

Original selling price: $42.50

Number made: 110,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 38F & 610F)


Philco Model 89F

Model 89F

The six-tube Model 89 continued on for 1936. The 1935 version of the 89 Baby Grand continued to be offered in the first part of the 1936 season, while the 89 received a new console cabinet for 1936.

Original selling price: $50

Number made: 75,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32F, 611F, 620F, 623F & 642F as well as January 1936 Model 624F)


Philco Model 116B

Model 116B

This set was the successor to the Model 16; it also used 11 tubes and added a long wave band to its AM and shortwave coverage up to 22.5 mc.

Original selling price: $97.50

Number made: 15,750


Philco Model 116X

Model 116X

The new 116 console added passive radiators, which Philco called "Acoustic Clarifiers." The console model also used 6A3 triode output tubes for a higher output power than the Baby Grand version.

Original selling price: $175

Number made: 30,950



Philco Model 116PX

Model 116PX

A radio-phonograph combination which used the 11-tube 116X chassis and an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $350

Number made: 1,050


Philco Model 610B

Model 610B

Photo courtesy Richard Lackie

An all-new five-tube set with three band coverage (AM, the old "police" band and shortwave). It operated on AC current only.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 81,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 611B)


Philco Model 610F

Model 610F

Photo courtesy Ryan Meldahl

The console version of Model 610.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 110,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 38F & 60F)


Philco Model 610PF

Model 610PF

The new 610 could also be purchased as a radio-phonograph combination which included a single play 78 rpm phonograph.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 2,200 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 630PF & 640PF as well as January 1936 Model 635PF)


Philco Model 611B

Model 611B

Photo courtesy Marc Frigon

Similar to Model 610, the 611 also used five tubes, but was made to operate on either AC or DC current.

Original selling price: $45

Number made: 81,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 610B)


Philco Model 611F

Model 611F

Original selling price: $57.50

Number made: 75,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32F, 89F, 620F, 623F & 642F as well as January 1936 Model 624F)


Philco Model 620B

Model 620B

Photo courtesy Ed Locker

Another new three-band set, this model used six tubes and covered AM and shortwave to 18 mc. It operated on AC only.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 66,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 623B & 642B)


Philco Model 620F

Model 620F

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 75,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32F, 89F, 611F, 623F & 642F as well as January 1936 Model 624F)


Philco Model 623B

Model 623B

Note: Grille cloth should be the 1935-37 Philco "V" pattern.

This new battery-operated Philco used six tubes and could receive AM and shortwave up to 18 mc.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 66,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 620B & 642B)


Philco Model 623F

Model 623F

Original selling price: $75

Number made: 75,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32F, 89F, 611F, 620F & 642F as well as January 1936 Model 624F)


Philco Model 630B

Model 630B

Photo courtesy Alan Gollakner

Another new six-tube, AC operated radio, Model 630 was very similar to Model 620 except for the added shadowmeter. Like the 620, it, too, received AM and shortwave to 18 mc.

The 630 Baby Grand is slightly larger than the 620 Baby Grand.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 14,700 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 635B)


Philco Model 630X

Model 630X

Note: Grille cloth should be the Philco 1935-37 "V" pattern.

Original selling price: $75

Number made: 51,415


Philco Model 630PF

Model 630PF

This radio-phonograph, while identical in appearance to Model 610PF, used the six-tube Model 630 chassis.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 2,200 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 610PF & 640PF as well as January 1936 Model 635PF)


Philco Model 630CSX

Model 630CSX

A new chairside model for 1936, which is somewhat similar in appearance to the January 1935 Models 28CSX & 29CSX. This set uses the six-tube 630 chassis.

Original selling price: $79.50

Number made: 3,500 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 635CSX)


Philco Model 640B

Model 640B

This new Philco used seven tubes and had four bands; longwave, AM, 2.2-2.6 mc & 5.8-18 mc.

Original selling price: $69.50

Number made: 24,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B, 641B, 643B & 650B)


Philco Model 640X, early version

Model 640X (Early version)

Note: Grille cloth should be the Philco 1935-37 "V" pattern.

The early version of Model 640X looked identical to the six-tube Model 630X (see above). This version was not in production very long, and was soon changed to the later version shown below.

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 5,000


Philco Model 640X, late version

Model 640X (Later version)

Photo courtesy Doug Houston

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: 10,000


Philco Model 640PF

Model 640PF

Yet one more version of this radio-phonograph; this one used the seven-tube Model 640 chassis.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 2,200 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 610PF & 630PF as well as January 1936 Model 635PF)


Philco Model 641B

Model 641B

Despite the availability of Philco models that could operate on either AC or DC, Philco continued to manufacture a line of radios designed to operate on 110 volts DC only. Model 641 was a new DC-powered offering for 1936. It used seven tubes and had three-band coverage; AM and shortwave to 18 mc.

Original selling price: $75

Number made: 24,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B, 640B, 643B & 650B)


Philco Model 641X

Model 641X

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 60,250 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 643X & 650X as well as January 1936 Models 651X & 655X)


Philco Model 642B

Model 642B

A new 32 volt DC set; unlike the Model 32, the 642 did not have a vibrator power supply - it used 32 volts as its "high voltage." Its seven tubes were tied in series. It could receive AM and shortwave to 18 mc, in three bands.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 66,000 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 620B & 623B)


Philco Model 642F

Model 642F

Original selling price: $74.95

Number made: 75,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32F, 89F, 611F, 620F & 623F as well as January 1936 Model 624F)


Philco Model 643B

Model 643B

This is a large, all-wave battery set that used 7 tubes and received longwave, AM, and shortwave (four bands total).

Original selling price: $79.50

Number made: 24,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B, 640B, 641B & 650B)


Philco Model 643X

Model 643X

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 60,250 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 641X & 650X as well as January 1936 Models 651X & 655X)


Philco Model 650B

Model 650B

The 650 used 8 tubes, and has the same frequency coverage as Model 640. The 640 and 650 Baby Grand models are identical in appearance.

Original selling price: $79.50

Number made: 24,750 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 32B, 640B, 641B & 643B)


Philco Model 650H

Model 650H

Photo courtesy Doug Houston

Original selling price: $125

Number made: 2,000 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 655H)


Philco Model 650X

Model 650X

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 60,250 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 641X & 643X as well as January 1936 Models 651X & 655X)


Philco Model 650MX

Model 650MX

Note: Grille cloth should be the 1935-37 Philco "V" pattern.

Photo courtesy Ed Floyd

Original selling price: $125

Number made: 6,000 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 655MX)


Philco Model 650PX

Model 650PX

Original selling price: $175

Number made: 3,500 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 655PX)


Philco Model 650RX

Model 650RX

Philco's other chairside offering for 1936 used a separate speaker cabinet.

Original selling price: $137.50

Number made: 1,500 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 655RX)


Philco Model 660L

Model 660L

This large console model had the dial and controls hidden under the top lid. Model 660 has 10 tubes and had four bands (longwave, AM and two shortwave bands).

Original selling price: $150

Number made: 1,000 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1936 Model 665L)


Philco Model 660X

Model 660X

A more conventional cabinet, this version of the 660 outsold the 660L by more than 15 to 1.

Original selling price: $137.50

Number made: 15,000


Philco Model 680X

Model 680X

Photo courtesy Frank Drost

Philco's largest radio for 1936 used 15 tubes and featured high fidelity reception. Passive radiators as well as an active 10-1/2 inch speaker was used. The 680 had four bands - longwave, AM and two shortwave bands.

The 680's dial and controls were hidden underneath the top lid.

Original selling price: $250

Number made: 2,500