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Phonograph with Philco for 1939 (introduced June 1938, with additions made in January 1939)

Manufactured and Marketed by Philco

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Initial 1939 season offerings (June 1938)

Model 39-10RP Model 39-12TP Model 39-19PA Model 39-19PF Model 39-19PCS Model 39-19TP Model 39-30PCX Model 39-3-31PA Model 39-2-40PC Model 39-40PCX
Model 39-116PCX Model 907T Model 907F

Mid-season (January 1939) models

Model 101 Model 105 Model 107 Model 108 Model RP-1 Model RP-2 Model RP-3 Model RP-4

Philco once again began to market its own radio-phonograph Models in the 1939 season, now that the company had bought out the Radiobar Company. Philco retained the "Phonograph with Philco" name for its new line of radio-phonograph combinations.


The 1939 (June 1938) line of Phonograph with Philco models

Philco Model 39-10RP Philco Model 39-10RP

Model 39-10RP

Model 39-10RP, closed (above) and open (right)

Photo on right courtesy Doug Houston

A phonograph attachment only, it could be wired to any radio receiver. The unique linear tracking pickup in the lid reset itself whenever the lid was lifted. It used no tubes, amplification being provided by the radio it was connected to. It operated on 115 volts, 60 cycle AC.

Original selling price: $25

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-12TP, early version Philco Model 39-12TP, late version

Model 39-12TP

Model 39-12TP, early version (left) and late version (right)

This set initially included a 39-12 (38-12) radio chassis with the single play 78 rpm phonograph mounted under the top lid, which also had a linear tracking, self-resetting pickup like the 39-10RP. Later models used the 39-6 chassis.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-19PA

Model 39-19PA

One of four Phonograph with Philco models to use the 39-19 chassis, this model had the most streamlined, "modern" cabinet of the four.

Original selling price: $139.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-19PF

Model 39-19PF

Another model using the 39-19 chassis, this set had the radio's dial and controls exposed instead of hidden; only the phonograph was hidden under the top lid of this model.

Original selling price: $99.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-19PCS

Model 39-19PCS

This 39-19 Phonograph with Philco was a chairside model.

Original selling price: $89.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-19TP

Model 39-19TP

The fourth 39-19 Phonograph with Philco was a table model set; a design that looked much like table model radio-phonographs of the late 1940s and 1950s.

Original selling price: $79.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-30PCX

Model 39-30PCX

Another large, streamlined set with the radio dial and controls as well as the phonograph under the top lid. This one used the 39-30 chassis.

Original selling price: $228

Number made: Not available


Model 39-3-31PA

No photo is available for this model.

This model used the 39-31 chassis.

Original selling price: $248

Number made: Not available


Model 39-2-40PC

No photo is available for this model.

One of two Phonograph with Philco models which used the 39-40 chassis.

Original selling price: $282.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-40PCX

Model 39-40PCX

Another radio-phonograph to use the 39-40 chassis.

Original selling price: $262.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 39-116PCX, closed Philco Model 39-116PCX, open

Model 39-116PCX

Model 39-116PCX, closed (left) and open (right), both with Mystery Control unit.

Photos used by permission.

The best of the 1939 Phonograph with Philco models used the 39-116 chassis with Mystery Control.

Original selling price: $398

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 907T

Model 907T

The Philco Player, model 907T, was a wireless phonograph which had a built-in oscillator that would broadcast over an AM frequency to any radio in the same room as the phonograph. This principle was later used in Models RP-1, RP-2, RP-3 & RP-4.

Original selling price: $69.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 907F

Model 907F

The console version of the 907, which was a 907T mounted on top of a record storage cabinet.

Original selling price: $89.95

Number made: Not available


January 1939 Phonograph with Philco models

Philco Model 101

Model 101

A compact Phonograph with Philco model which used the new TH-4 chassis coupled with a single play 78 rpm phonograph mounted on the set's top.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 105

Model 105

This is one of two mid-season Phonograph with Philco models to use the 39-7 chassis. Everything was hidden under the top lid.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 107

Model 107

Another 39-7 radio chassis coupled with a phonograph.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 108

Model 108

This model used the 39-36 chassis with a 78 rpm phonograph.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model RP-1

Model RP-1

The first wireless phonograph actually put into production by Philco, it had a single play 78 rpm phonograph and a two-tube AM oscillator, which broadcast the sound of the phonograph over a low frequency in the AM band to any radio in the same room with the unit.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: 19,005


Philco Model RP-2, closed Philco Model RP-2, open

Model RP-2

Model RP-2, closed (above) and open (right)

Just like the RP-1 above, except that it had a lid which concealed the turntable and tone arm when not in use.

Original selling price: $25.00; number made: 11,835


Philco Model RP-3, closed Philco Model RP-3, open

Model RP-3

Model RP-3, closed (above) and open (right)

This model used the linear tracking, self-resetting pickup that had been previously used on models 39-10RP & 39-12TP. With the lid closed, the unit looked like a large version of a Philco Mystery Control - without the telephone-type dial.

The electronics of the unit were identical to Models RP-1 and RP-2, other than the pickup.

Original selling price: $29.95; number made: 1,500


Philco Model RP-4, closed Philco Model RP-4, open

Model RP-4

Model RP-4, closed (left) and open (right); photos courtesy Charles N. Onufer

The largest wireless phonograph made in the 1939 season, this model was made to sit on the floor, and had space for record storage in the bottom of the unit. It, too, used a two-tube AM oscillator to broadcast the sound of the record being played to any radio in the same room with the unit.

This set was expensive, and not many were made.

Original selling price: $100; number made: 250