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Philco for 1940 (introduced June 1939)

The following models continued in the Philco lineup: 39-711T (as 40-715T), RP-1, RP-2, RP-3, RP-4, TH-4, TP-4-I, TH-5, TP-5-I, TP-10, TP-11, TP-12, TH-14, TH-15. All other 1939 Philco models were discontinued.

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Portables

Model 40-74T Model 40-81T Model 40-88T Model 40-504PC

Battery-operated Farm Sets

Model 40-90CB Model 40-95T Model 40-95F Model 40-100T Model 40-100F Model 40-105B Model 40-105K Model 40-110B Model 40-110K

Electric (AC and AC/DC) models

Model 40-115C Model 40-120C Model 40-120CI Model 40-124C Model 40-125C Model 40-130T Model 40-135T Model 40-140T Model 40-145T Model 40-150T
Model 40-155T Model 40-158F Model 40-160F Model 40-165F Model 40-165K Model 40-180XF Model 40-185XX Model 40-190XF Model 40-195XX Model 40-200XX
Model 40-215RX Model 40-216RX Model A52CK Model A52CK1

Phonograph with Philco models

Model 40-501P Model 40-502P Model 40-503P Model 40-506P Model 40-507P Model 40-508P Model 40-509P Model 40-510P Model 40-516P

Philco Tropic models

Model 40-710T Model 40-715T Model 40-725T Model 40-725PXX Model 40-748T Model 40-748XX Model 40-755T Model 40-755XX Model 40-755PXX Model 40-755PDXX
Model 40-756T Model 40-756XX Model 40-780T Model 40-780XX Model 40-780PXX

Transitone models

Model TP-4 Model TP-5 Model TH-9 Model TP-10 Model TH-16 Model TH-17 Model TH-18 Model TP-20 Model TP-21 Model TH-22
Model UA-52P Unknown Transitone Model

The 1940 Philco line was, in outward appearances, not much different from the 1939 models. Inside, however, most of the new Philcos received built-in loop antennas, eliminating the need for external longwire aerials (except in cases where the set was situated far from any local broadcast stations).

Philco's two high-end sets were now referred to by a more proper name - Wireless Remote Control. Obviously there was no longer any "Mystery" about how these sets worked!

The Philco Tropic line of export sets was expanded for 1940 and now included a number of table model, console and radio-phonograph sets.

Philco's line of low-priced Transitone models was expanded for 1940. A further expansion of Transitone models would occur only two months later (see the August 1940 page).


The 1940 Philco Line

Portable Radios

Philco Model 40-74T

Model 40-74T

Similar in size and performance to the previous season's model 39-71T, this new portable received the AM band only.

Original selling price: $26.45

Number made: 11,065


Philco Model 40-81T

Model 40-81T

Photo courtesy Kim Bowers

A popular model, this new, compact, four-tube portable was sort of a battery version of Model TH-4, even using a similar dial scale (only it read PHILCO instead of TRANSITONE).

Original selling price: $17.45

Number made: 49,100


Philco Model 40-88T

Model 40-88T

This five-tube portable could receive shortwave stations from 5.8 to 18 mc in addition to the standard AM band.

Original selling price: $36.45

Number made: 5,610 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1940 model 40-88TL)


Philco Model 40-504P Philco Model 40-504P

Model 40-504P

Model 40-504P, closed (above) and open (right)

An unusual radio-phonograph which was designed to be portable. The 40-504P used four tubes and ran on batteries, and the phonograph mechanism used a mechanical hand-crank motor.

Original selling price: $46.45

Number made: Not available


Battery-operated Farm Sets

Philco Model 40-90CB

Model 40-90CB

The Bakelite cabinet of this new farm set was leftover from the old model 38-12CB, and had also been previously used to house the January 1939 Model TH-3.

Original selling price: $24.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 40-95T

Model 40-95T

Model 40-95 was available as a table model and console (40-95F, immediately below). Both models used four tubes and received the AM band only.

Original selling price: 24.95

Number made: 58,432


Philco Model 40-95F

Model 40-95F

This is the console version of Model 40-95.

Original selling price: $34.95

Number made: 10,377


Philco Model 40-100T

Model 40-100T

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Goldstein

Another battery-operated Philco to be issued in table model and console versions, the 40-100 used four tubes and received the AM band only. These two Models featured pushbutton tuning.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 12,510


Philco Model 40-100F

Model 40-100F

A console version of model 40-100. It did not sell very well.

Original selling price: $47.50

Number made: 4,926


Philco Model 40-105B

Model 40-105B

This set was one of the last Baby Grand models to be produced by Philco (the other was Model 40-110B). It used four tubes and received the AM band only. It was not a huge seller.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 5,408


Philco Model 40-105K

Model 40-105K

The console version of Model 40-105, using the same cabinet as model 40-110K. Neither model sold very well.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 2,030 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-110K)


Philco Model 40-110B

Model 40-110B

This Philco model used four tubes, but received shortwave from 5.4 to 18 mc in addition to the AM band. Also, the 40-110 featured electric pushbutton tuning.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 1,600


Philco Model 40-110K

Model 40-110K

The console version of Model 40-110.

Original selling price: $69.95

Number made: 2,030 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-105K)


Electric (AC & AC/DC) Models

Philco Model 40-115C

Model 40-115C

The lowest-priced line-powered set in the 1940 Philco lineup has two bands: standard AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc). It uses six tubes and operates from 115 volts, AC or DC current.

Original selling price: $20

Number made: 49,251


Philco Model 40-120C

Model 40-120C

Original selling price: $22.50

Number made: 59,593


Philco Model 40-120CI

Model 40-120CI

This set is electrically identical to model 40-120C, but the cabinet was painted off-white.

Original selling price: $23.50

Number made: 13,855


Philco Model 40-124C

Model 40-124C

This set is, electronically speaking, a 40-115 with the addition of pushbutton tuning.

Original selling price: $25

Number made: 16,020


Philco Model 40-125C

Model 40-125C

Take a 40-120 chassis, add six pushbuttons, put it inside a different cabinet, and voila - you have Model 40-125.

Original selling price: $27.50

Number made: 34,806


Philco Model 39-35XX

Model 40-130T

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

A six tube, AC-only table model, this Philco received AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc).

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 40,960


Philco Model 40-135T

Model 40-135T

Photo courtesy Art Hoch

Essentially the same as the 40-130 above, with the addition of six electronic pushbuttons.

Original selling price: $35

Number made: 17,860


Philco Model 40-140T

Model 40-140T

Photo courtesy Ryan Meldahl

This table model was similar to Model 40-130, but added a third band (shortwave, 5.7 to 18 mc). It also used six tubes and operated on AC only.

Original selling price: $35

Number made: 16,591


Philco Model 40-145T

Model 40-145T

Note: Grille cloth in this photo is incorrect.

A 40-140 with the addition of six electronic pushbuttons.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 19,555


Philco Model 40-150T

Model 40-150T

Photo courtesy John Mielke

One of two "slant front" table Models for the new 1940 season, the 40-150 used seven tubes and had three band coverage: standard AM, "police" from 1.55 to 3.5 mc, and shortwave from 6 to 18 mc. Eight electronic pushbuttons were also featured. It operated on 115 volts AC only.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 40,011


Philco Model 40-155T

Model 40-155T

The 40-155 is nearly identical to the 40-150 above. The cabinet is slightly different; and this model added one tube in the second detector circuit, making this set an eight tube radio.

Both this and the 40-150 are excellent performers.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 25,835


Philco Model 40-158F

Model 40-158F

A console radio which is electronically similar to the Model 40-130 shown above. It used six tubes and received standard AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc). It operated on 115 volts AC only. The cabinet is identical to models 40-160F & 40-165F except for the fact the Model 40-158F does not have pushbuttons.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 17.653


Philco Model 40-160F

Model 40-160F

Grille cloth is incorrect in this photo; it should be the "large diamond" pattern as shown on Model 40-158F above.

Photo courtesy Mike Moore

Essentially a 40-135 in a floor model cabinet. This model also received standard AM and the 1.5 to 3.3 mc "police" band, used six tubes, and operated on 115 volts AC. It also featured six electronic pushbuttons.

Original selling price: $45

Number made: 26,513


Philco Model 40-165F

Model 40-165F

This console is similar in electronics to Model 40-145 above, using six tubes and receiving standard AM, the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc) and shortwave (6 to 18 mc). It operated on 115 volts, AC only, and its cabinet is identical to Models 40-158F and 40-160F.

Original selling price: $55

Number made: 5,506


Philco Model 40-165K

Model 40-165K

Photo courtesy Ed Orcutt

For the shopper who was considering a new 40-165 in late 1940, he or she had two cabinets from which to choose. This "K" cabinet is considerably different from the "F" cabinet above, but the chassis is the same. This model also outsold the 40-165F version by nearly 5 to 1.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 25,345


Philco Model 40-180XF

Model 40-180XF

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

The 1940 version of a classic Philco cabinet that had been introduced at mid-season 1939 as Model 39-31XK. The new version used seven tubes and received standard AM, the "police" band from 1.55 to 3.4 mc, and shortwave from 6 to 18 mc. Eight electronic pushbuttons were also featured. It operated on 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $69.95

Number made: 129,076 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1940 Model 39-31XK)


Philco Model 40-185XX

Model 40-185XX

Essentially a console version of Model 40-155T, with only a slight change in the antenna circuit. It used eight tubes and a large (12") speaker, and received AM, the "police" band (1.55 to 3.4 mc) and shortwave from 6 to 18 mc.

Original selling price: $79.95

Number made: 21,518


Philco Model 40-190XF

Model 40-190XF

This model used the same chassis as Model 40-185XX above in an Art Deco "skyscraper" cabinet.

Original selling price: $89.95

Number made: 39,769


Philco Model 40-195XX

Model 40-195XX

This large ten-tube Philco could receive AM, the "police" band (1.5 to 4 mc) and shortwave from 6 to 18 mc.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 28,505


Philco Model 40-200XX

Model 40-200XX

This model used essentially the same chassis as Model 40-195XX above. The 2nd detector circuit was slightly changed in this model to use two tubes instead of one, making this an eleven tube receiver.

The 40-200 sets used leftover 1940 Model 39-116XX cabinets. These can be distinguished from the 39-116 by the addition of a loop antenna in back, eight pushbuttons instead of only call letter windows, and the lack of any Mystery Control functions.

Original selling price: $135

Number made: 22,330 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 39-116XX)


Philco Model 40-215RX

Model 40-205RX

The 1940 successor to the 1940 model 39-55RX received a new cabinet for the 1940 model year. The chassis remained basically the same as the previous year's 39-55RX, however. It used eleven tubes plus one in the wireless remote unit, and received the AM band only.

Original selling price: $159.50

Number made: 5,050 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1940 Model 40-215RX)


Philco Model 40-216RX

Model 40-216RX

Photo courtesy Tom Genova

A three band receiver (AM, "police" from 1.6-4.5 mc and shortwave from 6 to 18 mc) which also featured wireless remote control. The radio used thirteen tubes plus one tube in the remote unit.

Original selling price: $195

Number made: 3,449 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1940 Model 40-217RX)


Philco Model A52CK

Model A52CK

Photo courtesy James S. Knapp

No documentation has been found on this model or the similar A52CK1 below. The sets used a Philco (Transitone TH-4) chassis and Sessions electric clock.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model A52CK1

Model A52CK1

Photo credit: John Reynolds

Very similar to the A52CK above, this model has different speaker grille cutouts.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


1940 Phonograph with Philco models

Philco Model 40-501P

Model 40-501P

By now Philco had bought out the Radiobar Corporation of America, and were once again producing radio-phonograph combinations in-house. This was Philco's entry level radio-phonograph for the 1940 season; a basic Transitone TH-4 chassis with an exposed 78 rpm single play phonograph built into the top of the set.

Original selling price: $25

Number made: 3,015


Philco Model 40-502P

Model 40-502P

This model was electronically identical to the 40-501P above, but used a lid to hide the phonograph when it was not in use.

Original selling price: $35

Number made: 3,000


Philco Model 40-503P

Model 40-503P

The 40-503P used a 40-135 chassis in combination with a single play phonograph which was under the top lid.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 1,000


Philco Model 40-506P

Model 40-506P

Photo courtesy Benny Kearns

A console version of Model 40-503P. It also used a version of the 40-135 chassis (six tubes).

Original selling price: $79.95

Number made: 1,500


Philco Model 40-507P

Model 40-507P

And this Phonograph with Philco model used a version of the 40-145 chassis (also six tubes).

Original selling price: $119.95

Number made: 5,001 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-725PXX)


Philco Model 40-508P Philco Model 40-508P

Model 40-508P

Model 40-508P, closed (left); showing inner components (above).

This eight tube receiver used a variation of the 40-180/185/190 chassis; the difference is that it uses a phase inverter tube, two 42 power output tubes, and an 80 rectifier. It also has a higher power output than the 40-180/185/190. The phonograph is an automatic record changer which was a forerunner of the 1941 Beam of Light changer.

Original selling price: $139.95

Number made: 8,003 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-755PXX)


Philco Model 40-509P

Model 40-509P

A larger, more impressive cabinet than the 40-508P above; it housed the same radio chassis and automatic record changer as the 508.

Original selling price: $185

Number made: 2,310 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-755PDXX)


Philco Model 40-510P

Model 40-510P

This model used a 40-205 wireless remote control chassis with an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $350

Number made: 1,167 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-516P & 40-780PXX)


Philco Model 40-516P

Model 40-516P

Identical to Model 40-510P above in appearance, the 40-516 used a 40-216 wireless remote chassis and an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $395

Number made: 1,167 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-510P & 40-780PXX)


1940 Philco Tropic Models

Philco Model 40-710T

Models 40-710T & 40-2710T

1941 (June 1940) Model 41-705T shown. Models 40-710T & 40-2710T are identical in appearance except for the dial scale, which is similar to the 41-705T.

These models used the old January 1938 Model 38-14CB/38-15CB Bakelite cabinets.

Both models were designed to operate on 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC current. The difference in the two was in the frequency coverage of each.

40-710: 530-1720 kc, 2.3-7.4 & 7.35-22 mc

40-2710: 150-390 & 530-1720 kc; 7.2-24 mc

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 40-715T

Model 40-715T

A five tube set which operated on AC current only, either 115 or 230 volts. It received three bands (AM, 2.3-7.4 & 7.3-22 mc).

The cabinet is identical to the 1939 Model 39-711T.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 40-725T

Models 40-725T & 40-2725T

Illustration is representative of Models 40-725T & 40-2725T, as both are identical in appearance.

These were six tube Tropic models which were designed to run on either 115 or 230 volts, AC current only. The 40-725 received AM and shortwave from 2.3-7.4 & 7.35-22 mc. The 40-2725 received longwave (150-390 kc), AM, and shortwave from 7.2 to 24 mc.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 4,537 (figure includes both versions)


Philco Model 40-725PXX

Model 40-725PXX

A radio-phonograph version of Model 40-725T.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 5,001 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-507P)


Philco Model 40-748T

Model 40-748T

This battery operated Philco Tropic used seven tubes and covered three frequency ranges: 530-1720 kc (AM), 2.3-7.4 & 7.3-22 mc.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 7,076 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-755T & 40-756T)


Philco Model 40-748XX

Model 40-748XX

The console version of Model 40-748.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-755XX & 40-756XX)


Philco Model 40-755T

Model 40-755T

Made to operate on 115 or 230 volts, AC current only, the 40-755 has the same frequency coverage as Model 40-748T above, and was housed in an identical cabinet. It uses eight tubes.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 7,076 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-748T & 40-756T)


Philco Model 40-755XX

Model 40-755XX

This is the console version of Model 40-755T.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-748XX & 40-756XX)


Philco Model 40-755PXX

Model 40-755PXX

One of two console versions of Model 40-755, which includes an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 8,003 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-508P)


Philco Model 40-755PDXX

Model 40-755PDXX

This larger, more impressive cabinet also housed a 40-755 chassis and an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 2,310 (Note: Figure includes production of Model 40-509P)


Philco Model 40-756T

Model 40-756T

This Tropic Model had three bands (530-1720 kc, 2.3-7.4 mc & 7.3-22 mc) and operated from either 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC. It used eight tubes, and was identical in appearance to Models 40-748T & 40-755T.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 7,076 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-748T & 40-755T)


Philco Model 40-756XX

Model 40-756XX

An AC/DC version of Model 40-755XX; electrical specifications are the same as Model 40-756T above.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 500 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-748XX & 40-755XX)


Philco Model 40-780T

Models 40-780T & 40-2780T

Illustration is representative of Models 40-780T & 40-2780T, as both are identical in appearance.

These Tropic models use eleven tubes and have three bands. The 40-780 covers 530-1720 kc, 2.3-7.4 mc & 7.4-22 mc; the 40-2780 covers 150-390 kc & 530-1720 kc & 7.4-22 mc. Both operate on 115 or 230 volts, AC current only.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 3,062 (figure includes both versions)


Philco Model 40-780XX

Models 40-780XX & 40-2780XX

Illustration is representative of Models 40-780XX & 40-2780XX, as both are identical in appearance.

Console versions of models 40-780T & 40-2780T, respectively.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 200 (figure includes both versions)


Philco Model 40-780PXX

Model 40-780PXX

A radio-phonograph version of Model 40-780, containing an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 1,167 (Note: Figure includes production of Models 40-510P & 40-516P)


1940 Transitone Models

Transitone Model TP-4

Model TP-4

Identical in appearance to the January 1939 Model TH-4, the TP-4 adds "police" band coverage (2.3 to 2.5 mc). It is electronically identical with the January 1939 Model TP-4-I, which was housed in an ivory painted Bakelite cabinet. It used five tubes and could run on either AC or DC current.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 91,948 (Note: Figure includes production of Model TH-18 as well as January 1939 Model TH-4)


Transitone Model TP-5

Model TP-5

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

The plain brown Bakelite version of the January 1940 TP-5-I, which had an ivory painted Bakelite cabinet of the same style. Five tubes, AC/DC, AM and the "police" band (2.3-2.5 mc).

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 18,093 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1939 Model TH-5)


Model TH-9

No photo is available for this model.

A small five tube AC/DC set which received the broadcast band plus shortwave from 3 to 10 mc. No photo of this set has yet been found.

Original selling price: & number made: Not available


Transitone Model TP-10, brown/tan Transitone Model TP-10, blue/yellow

Model TP-10

Model TP-10, brown/tan (left), Model TP-10, blue/yellow (right)

Photo on right courtesy Mike Serafino

These Transitone models featured a Tenite grille and dial pointer.

These parts tend to shrink and warp over time. The set used five tubes, received AM and a 2.3 to 2.5 mc "police" band, and was available in colors other than the two examples shown above.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Transitone Model TH-16

Model TH-16

Photo courtesy Greg Armstrong

Essentially a TH-4 with the addition of a handle, a loop antenna, and a Bakelite back to conceal the loop. This cabinet was molded differently from the TH-4, in order for the Bakelite back to fit properly.

Original selling price: $11.95

Number made: 17,030


Transitone Model TH-17

Model TH-17

Add a handle, loop antenna and a Bakelite back to a TH-5, and you end up with a TH-17. Of course the basic TH-5 cabinet was modified to accept the Bakelite back.

Original selling price: $17.95

Number made: 8,383


Transitone Model TH-18

Model TH-18

This set's cabinet is identical to a TH-4 or TP-4, and also uses five tubes and runs on either AC or DC household current. The difference is the frequency coverage - the TH-18 has a real shortwave band (5.5 to 19 mc) in addition to AM coverage. The dial scale is also different.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 91,948 (Note: Figure includes production of Model TP-4 as well as January 1940 Model TH-4)


Transitone Model TP-20

Model TP-20

Photo courtesy Mike Serafino

Similar to Model TP-10, the TP-20 adds a loop antenna, Bakelite back cover and carrying handle.

Original selling price: $15.95

Number made: 4,000


Transitone Model TP-21

Model TP-21

Original selling price: $22.50

Number made: 2,000


Model TH-22

No photo is available for this model.

This model is listed in Philco service literature, but so far no pictures of this model have been found. It used five tubes and received AM and one shortwave band (7 to 24 mc).

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Transitone Model UA-52P, white and black Transitone Model UA-52P, red and black

Model UA-52P (TP-52)

Model UA-52P, white beetle/black Bakelite (left) and a UA-52P variant, red/black (right)

Photo on left courtesy Mike Schultz; on right courtesy William Thornton

This very unusual model was marketed under the SIMPLEX name as well as TRANSITONE.

More information on this model may be found on the Philco UA52P page at the Reverse Time Page site.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: Not available


Unknown Transitone Model

Unknown Transitone Model

So far, no documentation has been found on this plain, unusual Transitone model. It does use a five-tube TH-4 AC/DC chassis.

Original selling price & number made: Not available