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Philco for 1941 (introduced June 1940)

The following models continued in the Philco lineup: PT-25, PT-26, PT-27, PT-28, RP-1 (as 41-RP1). All other 1940 models were discontinued.

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Portables

Model 41-81T Model 41-83T Model 41-84T Model 41-85T Model PT-87 Model PT-89

Battery-operated Farm Sets

Model 41-90CB Model 41-95T Model 41-95F Model 41-100T Model 41-100F Model 41-105T Model 41-110K Model 41-695P Model 41-RP15

Electric (AC and AC/DC) models

Model 41-220C Model 41-220CI Model 41-221C Model 41-221CI Model 41-225C Model 41-226C Model 41-230T Model 41-235T Model 41-240T Model 41-245T
Model 41-250T Model 41-255T Model 41-258F Model 41-260F Model 41-265K Model 41-280X Model 41-285X Model 41-287X Model 41-290X Model 41-295X
Model 41-300X Model 41-316RX Model 41-KR

Radio-Phonograph models

Model 41-602P Model 41-603P Model 41-604P Model 41-605P Model 41-607P Model 41-608P Model 41-609P Model 41-610P Model 41-611P Model 41-616P
Model 41-RP2 Model 41-RP5

Philco Tropic models

Model 41-705T Model 41-712T Model 41-714T Model 41-722T Model 41-745T Model 41-758T Model 41-759 Model 41-788T

Philco Transitone models

Model PT-30 Model PT-42 Model PT-44 Model PT-49

The 1941 Philco line was somewhat more stylish than their 1940 models. Many of the new models adopted either escutcheons or combination escutcheons/grilles made with Tenite, which shrinks over time and has caused many 1941 (and 1942) models to become less than attractive as a result. Fortunately, there is a reproduction escutcheon available for some of the more popular models (see the Resources page for details).

The portable models became lighter and more efficient. Nearly all models now included an improved loop antenna inside the cabinet.

Philco's radio-phonograph models no longer carried the Phonograph with Philco name. In addition, the higher priced models contained a new Philco innovation; a tone arm with a light bulb, a mirror mounted on top of the sapphire stylus, and a photocell. The Beam of Light pickup was only used in 1941 and 1942 Philco models.

Philco offered ten models in its Tropic line of export sets for 1941, which were now mostly table models.

A few new Philco Transitone models were introduced for 1941, along with four models carried over from 1940. Nevertheless, Philco offered far fewer Philco Transitone models than they did in the previous season.


The 1941 Philco Line

Portable Radios

Philco Model 41-81T

Model 41-81T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This four tube portable received the AM band only (540-1600 kc).

Original selling price: $17.45

Number made: 8,050


Philco Model 41-83T

Model 41-83T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Similar to the 41-81T above, this set used five tubes instead of four. It also received the AM band only, as above.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: 4,525


Philco Model 41-84T

Model 41-84T

Note: Leather carrying handle is missing from set shown above.

This five-tube portable was known as a "three-way" portable, because it could operate on 115 volts AC or DC, or on batteries. It also received the AM band only.

Original selling price: $26.45

Number made: 34,351 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-841T)


Philco Model 41-85T

Model 41-85T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Another "three-way" portable for 1941 (115 volts AC or DC, or battery power), the new 41-85 received shortwave from 6 to 15 mc as well as the AM band.

Original selling price: $36.45

Number made: 10,411 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-851T)


Philco Model PT-87

Model PT-87

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This portable Transitone used five tubes and could operate on 115 volts, AC or DC power, or on batteries. It received the AM band only.

Original selling price: $17.45

Number made: 32,300


Philco Model PT-89

Model PT-89

Photo courtesy Steve Perrault

This unusual compact portable operated on batteries and featured an antenna built into the carrying strap. It received the AM band and used four tubes.

Original selling price: $15

Number made: 11,100


Battery-operated Farm Sets

Philco Model 41-90CB

Model 41-90CB

The successor to the previous year's 40-90CB received a new cabinet and chassis for 1941. It used four tubes and received the AM band only (540-1720 kc).

Original selling price: $18.50

Number made: 32,618 (Note: Figure includes production of June 1941 model 42-121CB)


Philco Model 41-95T

Model 41-95T

A new wooden cabinet which housed a five-tube chassis which also received the AM band from 540 to 1720 kc.

Original selling price: $24.95

Number made: 57,980


Philco Model 41-95F

Model 41-95F

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

The chassis of this new 1941 farm console is the same as model 41-95T above.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 8,526


Philco Model 41-100T

Model 41-100T

This five tube, table model, farm set added electronic pushbutton tuning to a chassis which is otherwise very similar to the 41-95T above.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 8,011


Philco Model 41-100F

Model 41-100F

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This set was the console equivalent to model 41-100T above.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 2,525


Philco Model 41-105T

Model 41-105T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Yet another five tube farm set, the 41-105 added shortwave coverage (6 to 12 mc) to its AM band coverage.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 4,761


Philco Model 41-110K

Model 41-110K

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This Philco model used six tubes and received shortwave from 6 to 12 mc in addition to the AM band. The 41-110K also featured electronic pushbutton tuning.

Philco's most expensive farm set for 1941, it sold very poorly.

Original selling price: $77.95

Number made: 520


Philco Model 41-695P

Model 41-695P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A floor model radio-phonograph for the rural market, the 41-695 featured a battery operated radio which received the AM band only. The single play phonograph had a crystal pickup and used a windup motor.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 1,533


Philco Model 41-RP15

Model 41-RP15

A battery operated version of the 41-RP2, for rural areas. The phonograph uses a windup motor. It operates on one tube.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: 15,111 (Note: Figure includes production of model 41-RP2)


Electric (AC & AC/DC) Models

Philco Model 41-220C

Model 41-220C

This model had a walnut finish with dark trim. It and the new 41-220CI received AM from 540 to 1600 kc and the "police" band from 1.6 to 3.3 mc. The chassis of each used six tubes and operated on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Original selling price: $20

Number made: 37,526


Philco Model 41-220CI

Model 41-220CI

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Similar to the 41-220C, the 41-220CI had an ivory finish with dark trim.

Original selling price: $21.50

Number made: 9,051


Philco Model 41-221C

Model 41-221C

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Another new Philco model that was available in different trim colors. Both the 41-221C and 41-221CI had walnut finishes overall; the 41-221C had dark trim, and the 41-221CI had ivory trim.

The two sets shared the same six tube chassis that could receive AM from 540 to 1720 kc and shortwave from 9 to 12 mc. Both operated on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Like many 1941 Philco models, the combination escutcheon/speaker grille was made of Tenite, which shrinks and warps over time.

Original selling price: $23.50

Number made: 37,116


Philco Model 41-221CI

Model 41-221CI

The 41-221CI, while identical electrically to the 41-221C, had a walnut cabinet with ivory trim.

Original selling price: $25

Number made: 19,300


Philco Model 41-225C

Model 41-225C

Photo courtesy Bob Atchison

The 41-225 used a similar chassis to the 41-220 models above, with the addition of electronic pushbutton tuning. It also received AM and the "police" band (1.6-3.3 mc), and operated on 115 volts, AC or DC power.

Original selling price: $26

Number made: 12,525


Philco Model 41-226C

Model 41-226C

Also known as "The Sled" due to its unusual yet attractive cabinet design, it is electrically similar to the 41-221 models above, but adds electronic pushbutton tuning. Shortwave coverage from 9 to 12 mc as well as AM reception are its other features. It also was designed for 115 volt AC or DC power.

Original selling price: $27.50

Number made: 23,443


Philco Model 41-230T

Model 41-230T

Photo courtesy Chris Hollingsworth

The successor to the 1940 model 40-130, the new 1941 model was housed in a Bakelite cabinet that was basically identical to the 41-90CB farm set above, with the addition of two more controls for tone and band selection.

It operated on 115 volts AC only and received AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.5 mc) with its seven tubes.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 17,489


Philco Model 41-235T

Model 41-235T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A seven tube, AC-only table model, this Philco received AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.5 mc). Basically a 41-230 in a wooden cabinet.

Original selling price: $32.50

Number made: 18,595


Philco Model 41-240T

Model 41-240T

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

This two band, seven tube model received shortwave (9 to 12 mc) in addition to AM broadcasts.

Original selling price: $35

Number made: 20,141


Philco Model 41-245T

Model 41-245T

Another seven tube model, the 245T featured electronic pushbutton tuning and three band reception (540-1550 kc, 2-7 mc & 9-12 mc).

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 22,566


Philco Model 41-250T

Model 41-250T

An attractive new "slant front" table model that has been called the "Log Cabin" by some collectors because of the unusual wood pattern on the front of the set. It receives AM and shortwave from 2.2 to 7 mc and 9 to 12 mc and includes electronic pushbutton tuning. It uses 8 tubes and operates on 115 volts AC only.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 25,151


Philco Model 41-255T

Model 41-255T

Another new "slant front" table model for the 1941 season, the 41-255 is very similar to the 41-250 above, except that it uses nine tubes instead of eight.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 22,742 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-256T)


Philco Model 41-258F

Model 41-258F

Similar in design to the table model 41-221 sets, the 258F received AM from 540 to 1720 kc and shortwave from 8.8 to 12 mc. It operated on 115 volts AC or DC.

This "entry-level" console did not sell very well.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 8,511


Philco Model 41-260F

Model 41-260F

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A console radio based on the 41-240 chassis, the 260F added electronic pushbutton tuning and a larger speaker housed in a floor model cabinet. It operated on 115 volts AC only and received the AM band and shortwave from 9 to 12 mc.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 19,201


Philco Model 41-265K

Model 41-265K

Essentially a 41-245 in a floor model cabinet. This model also received standard AM and two shortwave bands (2 to 7 and 9 to 12 mc). It used seven tubes, and operated on 115 volts AC. It also featured six electronic pushbuttons.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 17,245


Philco Model 41-280X

Model 41-280X

Photo courtesy Kim Bowers

A slight refinement to the previous year's 40-180 cabinet, which housed a new eight tube chassis which is nearly identical to the 41-250T pictured above. It was one of Philco's top sellers for 1941, and examples are easy to find today.

Original selling price: $69.95

Number made: 81,561


Philco Model 41-285X

Model 41-285X

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This was the console version of model 41-255T. It used nine tubes and covered the same bands as the 255T.

Original selling price: $79.95

Number made: 30,422


Philco Model 41-287X

Model 41-287X

The 41-287 used the same chassis as the 41-285, but was housed in an even more ornate cabinet. Operating on 115 volts AC only, it received the AM band and shortwave from 2.3 to 7 mc & 9 to 12 mc. This model was available in either Walnut or Mahogany.

Original selling price: $85

Number made: 8,010 (Note: Figure includes production of Walnut and Mahogany versions)


Philco Model 41-290X

Model 41-290X

Photo courtesy Steve Kanter

The new 290X, which looks much like a streamlined "skyscraper" of the time, contained a ten tube chassis which was similar to that used in the 41-285 & 41-287 above.

Original selling price: $89.95

Number made: 47,621


Philco Model 41-295X

Model 41-295X

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This model used eleven tubes and received AM as well as shortwave from 2.3 to 7 mc, 9 to 12 mc and 13.5 to 18 mc. It includes eight pushbuttons; seven for preset AM stations and one for off-on control. It operated on 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 19,025 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-296X)


Philco Model 41-300X

Model 41-300X

An even fancier and more expensive set than the 41-295 above, it was nevertheless very similar to the 295X; the difference being an additional tube in the 2nd detector circuit, making this one a 12 tube radio.

Original selling price: $135

Number made: 10,015


Philco Model 41-316RX

Model 41-316RX

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

One of only two wireless remote control models for the new 1941 season (the other was model 41-616P, see below), the all-new 316 now allowed the set owner to use mechanical pushbuttons mounted below the dial to select preset AM stations, or select them using the wireless remote.

This model used fourteen tubes, plus an additional tube in the remote unit. It operated on 115 volts, AC only, and had the same frequency coverage as models 41-295 and 41-300 above.

Original selling price: $200

Number made: 4,053 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-315X)


Philco Model 41-KR

Model 41-KR

A new radio-clock combination, with a curved bottom that was designed to sit on top of the Philco refrigerators of the day. The radio used a five-tube chassis much like the Philco Transitone PT-26, and tuned 540 to 1600 kc. Because of the electric clock, however, it could only operate on AC current, 115 volts.

Original selling price: Sold only with Philco Refrigerators, not sold separately

Number made: 15,720


Radio-Phonograph models

Philco Model 41-602P, closed Philco Model 41-602P, open

Model 41-602P

Model 41-602P, lid closed (above) and open (right)

A Philco Transitone PT-26 chassis (AM only, 540-1580 kc) and a single play 78 rpm phonograph made up Philco's entry level 1941 radio-phono combination.

Original selling price: $29.95; number made: 12,052


Philco Model 41-603P, closed Philco Model 41-603P, open

Model 41-603P

Model 41-603P, lid closed (above) and open (right)

This classy table model features reception of the standard AM band and shortwave from 9 to 12 mc. It uses six tubes and operates on 115 volts, AC only due to the phonograph motor which cannot run on DC current.

Original selling price: $39.95; number made: 8,761


Philco Model 41-604P

Model 41-604P

Philco's lowest priced console radio-phonograph used the same radio chassis as model 41-603P above, coupled with a single play 78 rpm phonograph.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 14,282


Philco Model 41-605P

Model 41-605P

Photo courtesy Leslie Del Ponte

This model also used the 41-603 radio chassis with an automatic record changer using a crystal pickup.

Original selling price: $89.95

Number made: 22,940 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-625P)


Philco Model 41-607P

Model 41-607P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Yet another Philco radio-phonograph to use the 41-603 chassis, along with the same automatic record changer as used in model 41-605.

Original selling price: $109.50

Number made: 4,013


Philco Model 41-608P

Model 41-608P

Photo courtesy Joseph Balitza, Jr.

Production figures for this set are not available, but the 41-608 was clearly Philco's top selling radio-phonograph of the 1941 season as many examples survive and are not difficult to find.

The set features Philco's new Beam of Light phonograph pickup, used with an automatic record changer. The radio uses nine tubes and receives the standard AM band and shortwave from 9 to 12 mc.

Some models may be found with the optional record cutter unit; an extra tone arm with a crystal cartridge, used to make 78 rpm recordings with the blank discs that were available at the time for the purpose.

Original selling price: $129.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-609P

Model 41-609P

Photo credit: Lee Holmes

A much fancier cabinet houses the same electronics and Beam of Light changer as the 41-608P above.

Original selling price: $150

Number made: 6,607


Philco Model 41-610P, closed Philco Model 41-610P, open

Model 41-610P

A ten tube Philco which received AM and shortwave from 2 to 7 mc and 9 to 12 mc. The large cabinet also housed a Beam of Light automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $179.95

Number made: 6,358


Philco Model 41-611P

Model 41-611P

The electronic equivalent of the 41-610P above, this model utilized a much more ornate cabinet.

Original selling price: $225

Number made: 4,272


Philco Model 41-616P

Model 41-616P

Photo courtesy Bob Snively

Philco's best radio-phonograph for 1941 utilized a modified 41-316 chassis, adding one tube for the Beam of Light phonograph preamplifier. Like the 41-316, this model featured wireless remote control; with this model, the user could control the phonograph as well as select from six preset AM stations with the wireless remote.

Original selling price: $395

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-RP2

Model 41-RP2

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

The RP-2 two-tube wireless phonograph received a new cabinet for the 1941 season, but was otherwise unchanged from earlier versions.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: 15,111 (Note: Figure includes production of model 41-RP15)


Philco Model 41-RP5

Model 41-RP5

Made for the export market, the large cabinet could support a table model radio. The pull-out front drawer contained the single play phonograph.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


1941 Philco Tropic Models

Philco Model 41-705T

Model 41-705T

A reissue of the previous year's 40-710T, this model also received three bands: 540-1600 kc, 2.3-7.2 mc & 7.0-24 mc. It used five tubes and operated on 115 volts, AC or DC current.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-712T

Models 41-708T, 41-712T & 41-713T

Model 41-712T shown above. Models 41-708T & 41-713T are identical in appearance.

Photo courtesy Greg Armstrong

These three band Tropic models differ in the power supplies used in each. The 41-708 operates from a single 6-volt storage battery. The 41-712 runs on 115 or 230 volts AC only. And the 41-713 will operate on 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC.

All three models receive the following bands: 540-1600 kc, 2.3-7.2 mc & 7-24 mc. The three use the Bakelite cabinet as shown above, which is identical in appearance to domestic models 41-90CB & 41-230T.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: Not available (41-708T), 11,350 (41-712T & 41-713T combined)


Philco Model 41-714T

Model 41-714T

A six tube Tropic model designed to run on either 115 or 230 volts, AC current only. The 41-714 received AM and shortwave from 2.3-7.2 & 7-24 mc.

Original selling price: $75

Number made: 4,051


Philco Model 41-722T

Model 41-722T

Photo courtesy Eddie Haines

This Tropic model used six tubes and received 540 to 1720 kc, 2.3 to 7.1 mc & 7 to 22 mc. It was designed to operate on either 115 or 230 volt, AC only.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 2,902


Model 41-745

No photo is available for this model.

A three band (540-1720 kc, 2.3-7.1 & 7-22 mc) receiver, this model operated on a 6-volt storage battery and used seven tubes. The type of cabinet used is not known at this time.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-758T

Model 41-758T

The 41-758 had the same frequency coverage as the 41-745, but used eight tubes and operated on 115 or 230 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $125

Number made: 6,276


Model 41-759

No photo is available for this model.

This Tropic model also had three tuning bands (same frequency coverage as model 41-745 above), and operated on 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC. It uses eight tubes. The type of cabinet used is not known at this time.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-788T

Model 41-788T

A very large table model, this was Philco's first Tropic to include individual tuning ranges for five major shortwave bands in addition to three conventional tuning bands. In all, the 41-788 could tune from 540 kc to 22 mc. Using eleven tubes, this model operated on 115 or 230 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $150

Number made: Not available


1941 Philco Transitone Models

Philco Transitone Model PT-30

Model PT-30

The cabinet of this model is yet another incarnation of the set first introduced as model 38-12CB in January 1938. This model, however, utilized a chassis designed to operate on 115 volts, AC or DC. Using five tubes, it receives the AM band only. It has a larger speaker than its lookalike models, and is an excellent performer when properly restored.

Original selling price: $13.95

Number made: 46,116


Philco Transitone Model PT-42

Model PT-42

This new Transitone contains a 5-tube AC/DC chassis which receives 540 to 1600 kc AM only.

Original selling price: $15.95

Number made: 12,383


Philco Transitone Model PT-44

Model PT-44

Photo courtesy Ken Hoffman

Inside this attractive walnut cabinet is a chassis which is identical to model PT-42 above.

Original selling price: $18.75

Number made: 11,303


Philco Transitone Model PT-49

Model PT-49

Photo used by permission.

A PT-30 chassis in a decorative wooden cabinet.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: 5,700