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Philco for 1941 (introduced January 1941)

The following models continued in the Philco lineup: 41-90CB, 41-95T, 41-95F, 41-100T, 41-100F, 41-105T, 41-110K, 41-220C, 41-220CI, 41-221C, 41-221CI, 41-225C, 41-226C, 41-230T, 41-235T, 41-240T, 41-245T, 41-250T, 41-255T, 41-258F, 41-265K, 41-280X, 41-285X, 41-295X, 41-300X, 41-316RX, 41-602P, 41-603P, 41-604P, 41-605P, 41-608P, 41-609P, 41-610P, 41-611P, 41-616P, 41-695P, 41-RP1, 41-RP2, 41-RP5, 41-RP15, 41-705, 41-708T, 41-712T, 41-713T, 41-714T, 41-722T, 41-745, 41-758T, 41-759, 41-788T, PT-25, PT-26, PT-27, PT-28, PT-30, PT-87.

The following models were discontinued: 41-81T, 41-83T, 41-84T, 41-85T, 41-287X, 41-290X, 41-607P, 41-KR, PT-42, PT-44, PT-49, PT-89.

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Portables

Model 41-841T Model 41-842T Model 41-843T Model 41-844T Model 41-851T

Electric (AC & AC/DC) models

Model 41-22CL Model 41-231T Model 41-246T Model 41-256T Model 41-296X Model 41-315X

Radio-Phonograph models

Model 41-601P Model 41-620P Model 41-623P Model 41-624P Model 41-625P Model 41-629P

Philco Transitone models

Model PT-2 Model PT-4 Model PT-6 Model PT-10 Model PT-12

23 new Philco models were added to the lineup at mid-season 1941, while 12 models were dropped from the line. The most significant change took place in Philco's portable line - now, all Philco portables could be operated from 115 volts, AC or DC, or batteries.


The Mid-Season 1941 Philco Line

Portable Radios

Note: All five of these sets are "three-way" portables (115 volts AC, 115 volts DC or battery operated)

Philco Model 41-841T

Model 41-841T

AM only, 5 tubes.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-842T

Model 41-842T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Another AM-only portable, the 41-842 uses seven tubes.

Original selling price: $26.35

Number made: 47,590


Philco Model 41-843T

Model 41-843T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Very similar to Model 41-842T above; the difference is the addition of a lid which covers the front of the set when closed.

Original selling price: $31.40

Number made: 2,525


Philco Model 41-844T

Model 41-844T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Philco's first portable to use a roll-down tambour door to conceal the dial when the set was not in use. Seven tubes, AM only.

Original selling price: $36.35

Number made: 1,500


Philco Model 41-851T

Model 41-851T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A five tube portable that received shortwave (6 to 15 mc) in addition to AM.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Electric (AC & AC/DC) Models

Philco Model 41-22CL

Model 41-22CL

Photo courtesy Doug Houston

A new radio-clock combination, the 41-22CL's radio used six tubes and could receive the standard AM band and shortwave from 1.6 to 3.3 mc.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 8,525


Philco Model 41-231T

Model 41-231T

Photo courtesy Bill Gabb

This new Philco's styling was reminiscent of the larger "bullet" sets the company had produced during the 1936, 1937 and 1938 seasons such as Models 610T, 37-610T, 38-620T, etc. The 41-231T used the same chassis as Model 41-226C (the "Sled"), with AM and shortwave coverage (540-1720 kc and 9-12 mc respectively). Electronic pushbutton tuning was another feature the 231T offered.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 5,025


Philco Model 41-246T

Model 41-246T

This new Philco model looks identical to the 41-245T. The difference is in its frequency coverage - the 246T receives AM and shortwave from 9 to 12 and 15 to 18 mc. Like the 245T, the 246T uses seven tubes and operates from 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 34,351 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 Model 41-245T)


Philco Model 41-256T

Model 41-256T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This new model also is identical in appearance to a June 1940 Philco - the 41-255T. This set also uses nine tubes and operates from 115 volts AC. It has the same frequency coverage as the 41-246T above.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 22,742 (Note: Figure includes production of June 1940 Model 41-255T)


Philco Model 41-296X

Model 41-296X

Photo courtesy Charles Poplin

This is an interesting set. It uses a 41-285 chassis mounted in a modified 41-295 cabinet. Lots of empty space inside! The set uses nine tubes and receives AM and shortwave from 2.3 to 7 mc & 9 to 12 mc.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 19,025 (Note: Figure includes production of June 1940 Model 41-295X)


Philco Model 41-315X

Model 41-315X

Model 41-316RX shown. Model 41-315X is identical in appearance.

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Yet another Philco to use a cabinet that is identical to a June 1940 (early 1941) model! It looks like a 41-316RX, but houses a 41-300 chassis. The set receives AM and three shortwave bands: 2.3 to 7 mc, 9 to 12 mc and 13.5 to 18 mc. Using twelve tubes, it operates on 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 4,053 (Note: Figure includes production of June 1940 Model 41-316RX)


Radio-Phonograph Models

Philco Model 41-601P

Model 41-601P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This new radio-phonograph combination used the chassis of a new PT-2 (scroll down to see it) with a single play 78 rpm phonograph. AM only.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-620P

Model 41-620P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This five-tube set is unusual in that it is a straight (single play) phonograph with amplifier and speaker - no radio. It also uses the Beam of Light pickup.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-623P, closed Philco Model 41-623P, open

Model 41-623P

Model 41-623P, lid closed (above) and open (right); photos courtesy Robert Barrett

An AM and shortwave (8.9 to 12 mc) radio-phonograph that used seven tubes and also featured the Beam of Light pickup.

Original selling price: $59.95; number made: 3,011


Philco Model 41-624P

Model 41-624P

A console version of the 41-623P shown above.

Original selling price: $159.95

Number made: 9,020


Philco Model 41-625P

Model 41-625P

Another console version of the 41-623P with the same electrical specifications; this Model used an automatic record changer with the Beam of Light pickup. It is identical in appearance to the Model 41-605P.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 22,940 (Note: Figure includes production of June 1940 Model 41-605P)


Philco Model 41-629P, closed Philco Model 41-629P, open

Model 41-629P

Model 41-629P, closed (left) and open (right)

Photos courtesy William Binzer

Basically a 41-608P (see June 1940) in a different cabinet. The nine tube radio also received AM and shortwave from 9 to 12 mc, and included an automatic record changer with the Beam of Light pickup.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Model 41-RP6

Model 41-RP6

A new wireless phonograph built into the pull-forward drawer of a table, which was large enough to support a 41-255 or similar Philco table Model radio.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Transitone Models

Philco Model PT-2

Model PT-2

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

A completely new Transitone, this model would remain in production (with different model numbers) in the 1942 season and for a few years after WWII. AM only, 5 tubes, 115 volts AC or DC.

Original selling price: $12.95

Number made: 101,721 (Note: Figure includes Models PT-4 & PT-10 as well as June 1941 models 42-PT2, 42-PT4 & 42-PT10)


Philco Model PT-4

Model PT-4

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

An ivory painted Bakelite version of the PT-2 above, which also remained in production for several years.

Original selling price: $13.95

Number made: 101,721 (Note: Figure includes Models PT-2 & PT-10 as well as June 1941 models 42-PT2, 42-PT4 & 42-PT10)


Philco Model PT-6

Model PT-6

Photo courtesy Art Hoch

A new, stylish, wooden version of the PT-2.

Original selling price: $17.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model PT-10

Model PT-10

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

The cabinet of this new model is brown Bakelite, identical to the PT-2, but uses a dial scale that is similar to that used in the PT-4. It uses six tubes and receives the AM band only. It also operates on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Original selling price: $14.95

Number made: 101,721 (Note: Figure includes Models PT-2 & PT-4 as well as June 1941 models 42-PT2, 42-PT4 & 42-PT10)


Philco Model PT-12

Model PT-12

Another new wooden cabinet with a chassis identical to the PT-10 shown above.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: Not available