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Philco for 1942 (introduced June 1941)

The following models continued in the Philco lineup: 41-22CL (as 42-22CL), 41-90CB (as 42-121CB), 41-601P (as 42-1001P), 41-620P (as 42-620P), PT-2 (as 42-PT2), PT-4 (as 42-PT4), PT-10 (as 42-PT10), PT-25 (as 42-PT25), PT-26 (as 42-PT26), PT-87 (as 42-PT87), RP-6 (as 42-RP6). All other 1941 models were discontinued.

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Battery-operated Farm Sets

Model 42-121CB Model 42-122T Model 42-123F Model 42-124T Model 42-125K Model 42-126T

Electric (AC & AC/DC) models

Model 42-22CL Model 42-321T Model 42-321TI Model 42-322T Model 42-323T Model 42-327T Model 42-335T Model 42-340T Model 42-345T Model 42-350T
Model 42-355T Model 42-358F Model 42-360F Model 42-365K Model 42-380X Model 42-390X Model 42-395X Model 42-400X Model 42-KR3 Model 42-KR5

Philco Tropic models

Model 42-706C Model 42-716T Model 42-724T Model 42-730T Model 42-760T Model 42-761T Model 42-762T Model 42-788T

Portables

Model 42-842T Model 42-843T Model 42-844T Model 42-853T Model 42-854T Model 42-PT87 Model 42-PT88

Radio-Phonograph models

Model 42-620P Model 42-1001P Model 42-1002P Model 42-1003P Model 42-1004P Model 42-1005P Model 42-1006P Model 42-1008P Model 42-1009P Model 42-1010P
Model 42-1011P Model 42-1012P Model 42-1013P Model 42-1015P Model 42-1016P Model 42-RP1 Model 41-788T

Philco Transitone models

Model 42-PT2 Model 42-PT4 Model 42-PT7 Model 42-PT10 Model 42-PT25 Model 42-PT26 Model 42-PT91 Model 42-PT92 Model 42-PT93 Model 42-PT94
Model 42-PT95

The new 1942 Philco line was made up of mostly mild facelifts and small changes to sets, plus the addition of new model numbers.

Frequency Modulation (FM) had been available since 1940, but Philco did not make any radios capable of receiving FM until the start of their 1942 selling season. The FM feature was included in many of their higher-end radios. Philco's FM circuit was designed to circumvent the Armstrong patents, and did not receive FM with the full fidelity that Armstrong's circuits did. Like all prewar FM radios, the Philco FM sets received a band that became obsolete during the war: 42 to 50 mc. Since World War II, FM has operated in the 88 to 108 mc band.

Philco's higher-end phonographs continued to use their exclusive Beam of Light pickup head. Their automatic record changers added a slower speed - 39 rpm. These two speed changers proved troublesome, and after the war, Philco marketed a conversion kit to change the two-speed 1942 changers into single speed (78 rpm) rim drive.


The 1942 Philco Line

Battery-operated Farm Sets

Philco Model 42-121CB

Model 42-121CB

The new entry level farm set for 1942 was identical in appearance to the previous season's 41-90CB. Four tubes, AM only.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 32,618 (Note: Figure includes production of June 1940 model 41-90CB)


Philco Model 42-122T

Model 42-122T

Photo courtesy Dennis Olheiser

A five tube farm set which received the AM band from 540 to 1720 kc.

Original selling price: $24.95

Number made: 56,861


Philco Model 42-123F

Model 42-123F

The console version of model 42-122T above.

Original selling price: $42.50

Number made: 7,210


Philco Model 42-124T

Model 42-124T

A very large table model with room inside to store the batteries needed to make it operate, the 42-124 received AM and shortwave from 5.7 to 15.5 mc. It used five tubes.

Original selling price: $34.95

Number made: 4,025


Philco Model PT-87

Model 42-125K

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This set was the console equivalent to model 42-124T above. The extra (lower center) knob was used to rotate the set's loop antenna without having to reach behind the cabinet.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 2,000


Philco Model 42-126T

Model 42-126T

Photo courtesy Chuck Braun

A six tube farm set, this model also received AM and shortwave from 5.7 to 15.5 mc. Electronic pushbutton tuning was another feature of this Philco.

Original selling price: $44.95

Number made: 2,525


Electric (AC & AC-DC) Models

Philco Model 42-22CL

Model 42-22CL

Photo courtesy Frank Smith

Philco's January 1941 model 41-22CL remained in the lineup for 1942, being given a new model number (42-22CL instead of 41-22CL). It received AM and shortwave from 1.6 to 3.3 mc, and used six tubes.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 8,525 (Note: Figure includes production of January 1941 model 41-22CL)


Philco Model 42-321T

Model 42-321T

Two different versions of the same radio - this one had a walnut finish with dark trim, and the other had a walnut finish with ivory trim including ivory paint around the dial scale (see below). Both received AM from 540 to 1600 kc. The chassis of each used six tubes and operated on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Original selling price: $20

Number made: 62,051 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-321T & 42-321TI)


Philco Model 42-321TI

Model 42-321TI

Photo courtesy Jeffrey L. Gardner, M.D.

Electrically identical to model 42-321T above, this set used a cabinet with ivory trim.

Original selling price: $21.50

Number made: 62,051 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-321T & 42-321TI)


Philco Model 42-322T

Model 42-322T

Philco's entry level two band radio for 1942 receives shortwave from 8.7 to 15.5 mc in addition to standard AM broadcasts. It uses six tubes and operates on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Original selling price: $25

Number made: 62,051


Philco Model 42-323T

Model 42-323T

Electrically identical to the 42-322T above, the 323T's cabinet used a combination of walnut veneer, leatherette and a Tenite grille/escutcheon that seems to hold up much better than most of Philco's Tenite escutcheons of the period.

Original selling price: $28

Number made: 10,044


Philco Model 42-327T

Model 42-327T

Take a 42-322T chassis, add electronic pushbutton tuning, install it in a different cabinet, and voila - you have model 42-327T.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 40,875


Philco Model 42-335T

Model 42-335T

A neatly designed seven tube Philco, the 42-335T was capable of receiving AM and the "police" band (1.6 to 3.3 mc). It operated on 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $32.50

Number made: 9,725


Philco Model 42-340T

Model 42-340T

A step up from the 335T, the 340T featured a true shortwave band (9 to 15 mc) in addition to standard AM broadcasts. Using seven tubes, it operated on 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $35

Number made: 26,750


Philco Model 42-345T

Model 42-345T

Similar to the 340T above, the 345T added electronic pushbutton tuning and could receive AM and two shortwave bands (2.3 to 7 and 9 to 15.5 mc). It also used seven tubes and was powered by 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 25,025


Philco Model 42-350T

Model 42-350T

Another seven tube model, the 350T added FM reception (42-50 mc) to its AM and shortwave (9 to 15 mc) capability. 115 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 41,750


Philco Model 42-355T

Model 42-355T

The final version of Philco's "slant front" table models the company had produced since the 1939 season - these compact "consoles in table model cabinets" would not return after the war. The 42-355T included reception of standard AM, shortwave from 9 to 15 mc, and FM from 42 to 50 mc. As with many of Philco's high end consoles, the 355 included pushbuttons not only for preset AM stations, but also for selecting the desired tuning band. 115 volts, AC only, eight tubes.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 25,151


Philco Model 41-221C

Model 42-358F

Philco's entry level console (floor model) for 1942 featured AM reception only, used six tubes, and could operate on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Original selling price: $45

Number made: 7,011


Philco Model 42-360F

Model 42-360F

Photo courtesy Dennis Sprague

The successor to the 1941 model 41-260F still used seven tubes and received the AM band. Its shortwave coverage increased to 9 to 15.5 mc.

Original selling price: $55

Number made: 21,661


Philco Model 42-365K

Model 42-365K

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

There was some similarity between this new model and the 41-265K it replaced. Both had seven tubes and three tuning bands - the 365K received AM and shortwave from 2.3 to 6.7 and 9 to 15.5 mc. The new 42-365 received a new Tenite escutcheon, which the 41-265 did not have.

Original selling price: $65

Number made: 7,010


Philco Model 42-380X

Model 42-380X

Photo courtesy David Kasabo

The cabinet of the 380X was identical to the 41-280X which it replaced. It used eight tubes and featured pushbutton selection of the desired tuning band as well as preset AM stations. It received AM and shortwave from 2.3 to 7 and 9 to 15.5 mc. This was a very popular model in the 1942 season.

Original selling price: $75

Number made: 103,225


Philco Model 42-390X

Model 42-390X

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A console version of the 42-355T shown above, installed in a floor model cabinet and utilizing a larger speaker.

Original selling price: $89.95

Number made: 56,265


Philco Model 42-395X

Model 42-395X

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

This nine tube Philco received AM, shortwave from 9 to 15.5 mc and FM from 42 to 50 mc.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 20,665


Philco Model 42-400X, closed Philco Model 42-400X, open

Model 42-400X

Model 42-400X, with door over dial closed (left) and open (right); photos courtesy Allan Wallace

Philco's largest radio for 1942 used eleven tubes and had four-band coverage: 540-1720 kc (AM), 9 to 12 mc, 14.4 to 18 mc, and 42 to 50 mc (FM).

Original selling price: $135; number made: 5,505


Philco Model 42-KR3

Model 42-KR3

Photo courtesy Paul Turney

This year, purchasers of a new Philco refrigerator could choose from two different kitchen radios designed to sit on top of their new appliance. The 42-KR3 was a radio with no clock, using the 42-PT26 chassis; it received the AM band only and used five tubes.

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

Number made: 18,175


Philco Model 42-KR5

Model 42-KR5

Photo courtesy John Wynne

The other choice for a kitchen radio which sat on the curved top of a new Philco refrigerator, the 42-KR5 added a clock to its five-tube AM radio.

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

Number made: 14,550


1942 Philco Tropic Models

Philco Model 42-706C

Model 42-706C

Note: 1946 model 46-806 shown. Model 42-706C was identical in appearance.

A five tube, three band receiver, the 42-706 received AM and shortwave from 2.3 to 7.5 and 7 to 22 mc.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 10,081


Philco Model 42-716T

Models 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T

Note: Illustration is representative of models 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T, as all three are identical in appearance.

These three Tropics were replacements for 1941 models 41-712T, 41-713T and 41-708, respectively. The new models now received four bands (540 to 1600 kc, 3 to 9.5 mc, 9.4 to 12 mc and 11.8 to 22 mc).

Brief specifications of each:

  • 42-716T - 5 tubes, 115/230 volts AC only
  • 42-717T - 5 tubes plus ballast, 115/230 volts AC or DC
  • 42-718T - 4 tubes, operates from 6-volt storage battery.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 10,100 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T)


Philco Model 42-724T

Model 42-724T

Photo courtesy Livio Gasparini

A six tube Tropic that had the same frequency coverage of model 42-716T above. It operated from 115 or 230 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 3,600


Philco Model 42-730T

Model 42-730T

This seven tube, all-wave model covered 540 kc to 22 mc in five bands.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 4,000


Philco Model 42-760T

Model 42-760T

This Tropic set, identical to the Canadian model 55T, has eight bands and can receive from 540 kc to 22 mc. Five of its eight bands are "spread" bands which allows for much slower tuning of popular short wave bands. Eight tubes, 115 or 230 volts, AC only.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 11,382 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-761T & 42-762T)


Philco Model 42-761T

Model 42-761T

Offering the same frequency coverage as model 42-760T, the 42-761T differed in tube count and type of power required.

Model 42-761T uses eight tubes plus a ballast, and operates on 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 11,382 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-761T & 42-762T)


Philco Model 42-762T

Model 42-762T

Model 42-762T uses seven tubes and operates on a 6-volt storage battery. The cabinet is identical to models 42-760T & 42-761T.

Original selling price: Not available

Number made: 11,382 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-761T & 42-762T)


Philco Model 42-788T

Model 42-788T

Photo courtesy Dave Doughty

Philco's largest Tropic for 1942 is nearly identical to the 41-788T which it replaced. It adds an extra tuning band, making it a nine band receiver; capable of receiving frequencies between 540 kc and 22 mc. It uses eleven tubes.

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Portables

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

Philco Model 42-842T

Model 42-842T

The successor to the 1941 model 41-842T received a new dial scale but is otherwise unchanged from its 1941 counterpart. The set used seven tubes and received the AM band only.

Note the example shown above is suffering from "Incredible Shrinking Escutcheon" syndrome. Nearly all of the Tenite plastic 1941-41 Philco escutcheons suffer from this problem to a greater or less extent; the 42-323T being the exception so far.

Original selling price: $26.35

Number made: 47,590


Philco Model 42-843T

Model 42-843T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A new dial scale also graced this model, which replaced the previous season's 41-843T.

Original selling price: $31.40

Number made: 2,525


Philco Model 42-844T

Model 42-844T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Yet another minor change to a 1941 model - only the dial scale is different. This AM-only set is otherwise identical to the 41-844T.

Original selling price: $36.35

Number made: 1,500


Philco Model 42-853T

Model 42-853T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Nearly identical to model 42-843, this portable Philco added shortwave coverage (5.7 to 15.5 mc) and used seven tubes.

Original selling price: $38.90

Number made: 4,025


Philco Model 42-854

Model 42-854T

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This set was similar to model 42-844, but also added a shortwave band (5.7 to 15.5 mc).

Original selling price: $46.35

Number made: 2,515


Philco Model 42-PT87

Model 42-PT87

The replacement for the 1941 model PT-87 received a new leatherette cover to its cabinet. It used five tubes, received the AM band only, and could be operated on 115 volts AC or DC, or on batteries for true portability.

Original selling price: $17.45

Number made: 85,600


Philco Model 42-PT88

Model 42-PT88

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

A new Transitone portable for 1942, the 42-PT88 was similar to the 42-PT87 except for the added lid on front of the cabinet.

Original selling price: $22.50

Number made: 23,100


Radio-Phonograph Models

Philco Model 42-620P

Model 42-620P

This five-tube phonograph (no radio) was identical to the 1941 model 41-620P in every aspect except the model number, which changed from 41-620 to 42-620. Even the price remained the same.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 42-1001P

Model 42-1001P

Photo credit: Byrd A. Bowser

Another 1941 leftover, the 42-1001P was the successor (and identical to) model 41-601P. The price did increase by five dollars, though. AM only, five tubes.

Original selling price: $34.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 42-1002P, closed Philco Model 42-1002P, open

Model 42-1002P

Model 42-1002P, lid closed (above) and open (right)

A new tabletop radio-phonograph, the 1002 used the chassis of a 42-PT10 combined with a single play 78 rpm phonograph. Six tubes, AM only.

Original selling price: $39.95; number made: 17,760


Philco Model 42-1003P, closed Philco Model 42-1003P, open

Model 42-1003P

Model 42-1003P, lid closed (above) and open (right) - Photos courtesy Bob Timms

This model could receive AM and shortwave broadcasts from 540 to 1720 kc and 9 to 15.5 mc. It also featured a manual 78 rpm phonograph with a Beam of Light pickup.

Code 121 versions used seven tubes, while Code 122 versions used eight.

Original selling price: $59.95; number made: 5,010


Philco Model 42-1004P

Model 42-1004P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Basically a console version of model 42-1002.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 12,015


Philco Model 42-1005P

Model 42-1005P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Like the table model 42-1003P above, the 1005P used a manually operated phonograph with a Beam of Light pickup, along with a radio capable of receiving the AM band and shortwave from 9 to 15.5 mc. Code 121 uses seven tubes; Code 122 uses eight.

Original selling price: $79.95

Number made: 3,015


Philco Model 42-1006P

Model 42-1006P

Photo by Geoff Estabrooks, courtesy John Young

This seven tube, AM only radio was coupled with an automatic record changer which used a conventional crystal cartridge and sapphire stylus.

Original selling price: $100

Number made: 20,016


Philco Model 42-1008P

Model 42-1008P

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

The successor to the popular 1941 model 41-608P, the new 1008P received some refinements in styling and its shortwave band was increased to 9 to 15.5 mc. It also received the AM band, and retained an automatic record changer with the Beam of Light pickup. It used nine tubes.

Original selling price: $135

Number made: 86,193


Philco Model 42-1009P

Model 42-1009P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

This model was electronically identical to the 42-1008 above. The difference was a more elegant cabinet. It was available in either walnut or mahogany.

Original selling price: $150 (walnut), $155 (mahogany)

Number made: 4,007 (Note: Figure includes production of both walnut and mahogany versions)


Philco Model 42-1010P

Model 42-1010P

The 42-1010 used ten tubes and had three tuning bands: 540-1720 kc, 2.3 to 6.7 mc and 9 to 15.5 mc. The phonograph was an automatic record changer with a Beam of Light pickup.

Original selling price: $159.95

Number made: 26,515


Philco Model 42-1011P

Model 42-1011P

The 42-1011P uses the same radio chassis and record changer as the 42-1010P above. The cabinet (which was available in the walnut shown here, or in mahogany) is much better looking, however.

Original selling price: $179.95 (walnut), $184.95 (mahogany)

Number made: 6,990 (walnut), 1,755 (mahogany)


Philco Model 42-1012P

Model 42-1012P

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

This model used a cabinet left over from 1941 (41-610P). The radio inside was quite different, however; the new 1012P covered the AM band (540-1720 kc), shortwave (9.0-16.5 mc) and FM (42-50 mc). The set also uses an automatic record changer with Beam of Light pickup.

Original selling price: $189.95

Number made: 12,995


Philco Model 42-1013P, walnut Philco Model 42-1013P, mahogany

Model 42-1013P

Model 42-1013P, walnut (left) and mahogany (right)

Photo at right courtesy Matt Fumich

A large, elegant unit that uses the same electronics and record changer as the 42-1012P above. It was available in either walnut or mahogany.

Original selling price: $225 (walnut), $230 (mahogany)

Number made: 3,986 (walnut), 1,755 (mahogany)


Philco Model 42-1015P, closed Philco Model 42-1015P, open

Model 42-1015P

Model 42-1013P, closed (left) and open (right)

Illustration at left courtesy Chuck Schwark

This radio-phonograph model used twelve tubes and featured an automatic record changer with the Beam of Light pickup and a four-band radio (540-1720 kc, 9-12 mc, 13.3-18 mc & 42-50 mc). It was also available in either walnut or mahogany.

The picture at right illustrates how the set looked with the large front doors open.

Original selling price: $300 (walnut), $305 (mahogany)

Number made: 1,255 (walnut), 1,004 (mahogany)


Philco Model 42-1016P

Model 42-1016P

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

Philco's largest and most expensive radio-phonograph for 1942 and the only 1942 model to feature wireless remote control, the 42-1016P used the same cabinet as the previous season's 41-616P. Its frequency coverage included the AM band, shortwave from 9 to 12 and 14.4 to 18 mc, and FM from 42 to 50 mc. The set used fifteen tubes plus one tube in its wireless remote.

Original selling price: $500

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 42-RP1

Model 42-RP1

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

The low-priced way to play your records through a nearby radio utilizing the two-tube AM transmitter inside the unit.

Original selling price: $17.50

Number made: 9,015


Philco Model 42-RP2, closed Philco Model 42-RP2, open

Model 42-RP2

Model 42-RP2, lid closed (above) and open (right)

Photos courtesy Bob Timms

Similar to the 42-RP1, the 42-RP2 was housed in a better cabinet with a lid.

Original selling price: $22.50; number made: 9,065


1942 Philco Transitone Models

Philco Transitone Model 42-PT2

Model 42-PT2

Identical to the January 1941 model PT-2, except for the model number.

Original selling price: $13.95

Number made: 101,721 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-PT4 & 42-PT10 as well as January 1941 models PT-2, PT-4 & PT-10)


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT4

Model 42-PT4

This new Transitone is electronically identical to the January 1941 model PT-4.

Original selling price: $14.95

Number made: 101,721 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-PT2 & 42-PT10 as well as January 1941 models PT-2, PT-4 & PT-10)


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT7

Model 42-PT7

Photo courtesy Richard Lackie

A new wooden cabinet for this Transitone model, which uses the same chassis as the 42-PT2 above.

Original selling price: $19.50

Number made: 22,600


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT10

Model 42-PT10

Illustration courtesy Chuck Schwark

The successor to, and identical with, the January 1941 model PT-10.

Original selling price: $16.50

Number made: 101,721 (Note: Figure includes production of models 42-PT2 & 42-PT4 as well as January 1941 models PT-2, PT-4 & PT-10)


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT25

Model 42-PT25

Photo courtesy Jeffrey Goldstein

The PT-25 from January 1940 received a new dial scale and became the 42-PT25. It used five tubes and received the AM band only (540-1720 kc).

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT26

Model 42-PT26

Photo courtesy Jesse Crowder

Similar to model 42-PT25 above, the 42-PT26 had a somewhat reduced tuning range (540 to 1580 kc).

Original selling price & number made: Not available


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT91

Model 42-PT91

Another new Transitone model which would continue in production after the war (with different model numbers). It used five tubes and received the AM band only.

Original selling price: $11.95

Number made: 50,606 (Note: Figure includes production of model 42-PT92)


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT92

Model 42-PT92

Photo courtesy Ed Locker

Identical to model 42-PT91 above except for its ivory painted Bakelite cabinet.

Original selling price: $13.50

Number made: 50,606 (Note: Figure includes production of model 42-PT91)


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT93

Model 42-PT93

Photo courtesy John Mielke

The stylish wooden cabinet of the 42-PT93 housed the same chassis as model 42-PT91.

Original selling price: $16.50

Number made: 22,091


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT94

Model 42-PT94

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

A five tube set, it received the AM band only.

Original selling price: $17.95

Number made: 39,125


Philco Transitone Model 42-PT95

Model 42-PT95

Photo courtesy Jeremy Schotter

The cabinet of this model was somewhat different from the 42-PT94 above, but both shared the same five tube chassis.

Original selling price: $18.50

Number made: 30,625