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Philco for 1948 (introduced June 1947)

All 1946 and 1947 Philco models were discontinued.

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Battery-operated Farm Sets

Model 48-141 Model 48-145 Model 48-150

Philco Transitone models

Model 48-200 Model 48-200-I Model 48-206 Model 48-214 Model 48-225 Model 48-230 Model 48-250 Model 48-250-I

Portables

Model 48-300 Model 48-360 Model 48-1200

Electric (AC and AC-DC) models

Model 48-460 Model 48-460-I Model 48-461 Model 48-464 Model 48-472 Model 48-472-I Model 48-475 Model 48-482

Radio-Phonograph models

Model 48-1201 Model 48-1253 Model 48-1256 Model 48-1260 Model 48-1262 Model 48-1263 Model 48-1264 Model 48-1266 Model 48-1270 Model 48-1274
Model 48-1276

Philco's 1948 radio line was mostly a completely new lineup, with only a few "holdovers" from the 1946-47 season; these received new model numbers and refinements to their chassis.

Philco did not offer any console radios in this new lineup. Instead, their console models were all radio-phonograph combinations.


The 1948 Philco Line

Battery-operated Farm Sets

Philco Model 48-141

Model 48-141

This model operated on 4 tubes and received AM only.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 48-145

Model 48-145

Housed in an ivory painted Bakelite cabinet, this model is otherwise identical to Model 48-141 above.

Original selling price: $42.50

Number made: Not available


Philco Model 48-150

Model 48-150

This AM-only farm set used 5 tubes.

Original selling price: $59.95

Number made: 13,085


Philco Transitone Models

Philco Model 48-200

Model 48-200

The price leader for the new 1948 season was Model 48-200, yet another recycle of the radio that began before the war as Model 42-PT-91. This set is distinguishable from its older cousins by the new dial scale which is exclusive to the 1948 model.

Original selling price: $19.95

Number made: 95,550


Philco Model 48-200-I

Model 48-200-I

The ivory painted Bakelite version of the 48-200 outsold the plain brown version this year.

Original selling price: $22.95

Number made: 127,939


Philco Model 48-206

Model 48-206

New for 1948 was model 48-206, a redesign of the 1946-47 model 47-204. This year's model had rounded sides, but otherwise shared the same features (including brown leatherette cover) of the 47-204.

Original selling price: $32.95

Number made: 29,961


Philco Model 48-214

Model 48-214

This is model 48-214, another AM-only, AC-DC receiver. 5 tubes.

This cabinet was intended to be a 1946 model, but did not make production during that season.

Original selling price: $34.95

Number made: 40,322


Philco Model 48-225

Model 48-225

This little set, with its maroon Polystyrene cabinet, seems to appeal especially to women. AM only, 5 tubes.

Original selling price: $27.95

Number made: 37,928


Philco Model 48-230

Model 48-230

The first of Philco's "Flying Wedge" sets and one of their neatest designs, it was made of Polystyrene.

As with most of Philco's 1948 table model radios, it receives the AM band only. It uses 5 tubes.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 24,114


Philco Model 48-250

Model 48-250

Another prewar holdout, Model 48-250 continued on for the 1948 season, unchanged in appearance since it was first offered in January 1941 as Model PT-2.

It used 5 tubes and received AM broadcasts.

Original selling price: $27.95

Number made: 58,196


Philco Model 48-250-I

Model 48-250-I

The ivory painted Bakelite version of model 48-250.

Original selling price: $29.95

Number made: 53,787


Portable models

Philco Model 48-300

Model 48-300

For the 1948 season, Philco offered two similar portable models. The 48-300 uses five tubes and tunes the AM band. It can be easily distinguished from the 48-360, as this model has no roll-top cover. Also, the dial reads "PHILCO TRANSITONE" along the top edge of the dial scale.

It could be operated from batteries or from 115 volt, AC or DC current.

Original selling price: $39.95

Number made: 47,109


Philco Model 48-360

Model 48-360

Model 48-360 was the successor to the wildly popular 1946-47 Model 46-350. It could be operated from batteries or from 115 volt AC or DC current. A surprisingly sensitive radio, using 6 tubes.

This model has a simulated alligator covering instead of the leatherette used on the 46-350.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 13,500


Philco Model 48-1200, closed Philco Model 48-1200, open

Model 48-1200

Model 48-1200, closed (left) and open (right)

Model 48-1200 was a portable single-play phonograph, with no radio. It operated the same as models 48-1201 and 48-1260; open a door, slide a record in, close the door and the record would then play automatically - and stop automatically at the end of the record.

This set was "portable" only to the extent that it had a handle on the door - it required 115 volts, 60 cycle AC to operate.

The little knob shown at upper right of the front panel was actually at top center of the front panel on production models.

Original selling price: $49.95; number made: 31,420


Electric (AC & AC-DC) Models

Philco Model 48-460

Model 48-460

This model was a recycled 1946-47 model 46-420. These sets, including the 1949 version (Model 49-900) have all gained cult status among some collectors and have been named "The Hippo".

The 48-460 uses 6 tubes and receives the AM band.

Original selling price: $34.95

Number made: 56,461


Philco Model 48-460-I

Model 48-460-I

Model 48-460-I, in an ivory painted Bakelite cabinet, is otherwise identical to Model 48-460 above.

Original selling price: $37.50

Number made: 57,120


Philco Model 48-461

Model 48-461

Model 48-461 uses 6 tubes and receives AM only. The entire cabinet is finished in "Philcote" (photofinish), a process meant to replicate the look of expensive veneers on very plain, white wood.

Original selling price: $34.95

Number made: 44,633


Philco Model 48-464

Model 48-464

This large Bakelite radio is a 6-tube set, designed to receive AM and shortwave broadcasts.

Original selling price: $49.95

Number made: 16,251


Philco Model 48-472

Model 48-472

In 1945, the FCC moved FM from the 42-50 mc band to the 88-106 mc spectrum (later expanded to 88-108 mc). Radios capable of receiving the new FM band were available, but expensive. Model 48-472 was Philco's entry-level AM-FM radio, and it wasn't cheap!

It used 7 tubes.

Original selling price: $79.95

Number made: 12,102


Philco Model 48-472-I

Model 48-472-I

Model 48-472-I features an ivory painted Bakelite cabinet, but is otherwise identical with Model 48-472 above.

Original selling price: $84.50

Number made: 3,714


Philco Model 48-475

Model 48-475

Model 48-475 is a very large table model radio and features a very unusual design. With its 8 tubes, it received both AM and FM broadcasts and even included pushbuttons which could be preset to favorite AM (only) stations.

A fairly expensive radio, it did not sell very well. The more expensive 48-482 actually did better; outselling the 475 by better than 5 to 1.

Original selling price: $129.95

Number made: 4,977


Philco Model 48-482

Model 48-482

Model 48-482 was the King of Philco table Models for 1948. A very large radio (20 inches wide and a foot tall), it could receive AM, FM and short wave with its 9 tubes.

Despite its high price, it sold fairly well.

Original selling price: $149.95

Number made: 25,908


Radio-Phonograph Models

Philco Model 48-1201

Model 48-1201

The model 48-1201 "Bing Crosby Special" was the 1948 version of the extremely popular 1946-47 model 46-1201. 5 tubes, AM only.

Most 1948 models have a round brass medallion in place of the PHILCO decal as shown at left; the medallion is embossed with the PHILCO trademark.

Original selling price: $69.95

Number made: 30,463


Philco Model 48-1253

Model 48-1253

Model 48-1253 featured AM reception and an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $99.95

Number made: 43,932


Philco Model 48-1256

Model 48-1256

Model 48-1256 used 6 tubes and included an automatic record changer. It received the AM band only. It was available in either Walnut or Mahogany.

Original selling price: $124.95 (walnut), $129.95 (mahogany)

Number made: 18,723 (walnut), 28,003 (mahogany)


Philco Model 48-1260

Model 48-1260

Model 48-1260 was Philco's entry-level console for the 1948 season. It featured AM reception and a single-play phonograph that operated like the table Model 48-1201, shown above; and the portable 48-1200.

This set was available in either Mahogany or Blonde.

Original selling price: $129.95 (mahogany), $134.95 (blonde)

Number made: 22,897 (mahogany), 1,927 (blonde)


Philco Model 48-1262

Model 48-1262

Photo used by permission.

Model 48-1262 was a 6-tube, AM-only receiver and included an automatic record changer.

Original selling price: $159.95

Number made: 48,314


Philco Model 48-1263

Model 48-1263

Model 48-1263, yet another AM-only console with phonograph, had a control panel which could be easily viewed from above, making it convenient for the owner to operate from a standing position. 8 tubes.

Original selling price: $199.95

Number made: 11,672


Philco Model 48-1264

Model 48-1264

Model 48-1264 was Philco's lowest priced console radio-phonograph to include FM as well as AM coverage. It used 9 tubes and a drop-panel door to reveal its record changer.

These were available in Walnut and Blonde.

Original selling price: $259.50 (walnut), $265.50 (blonde)

Number made: 20,815 (walnut), 2,142 (blonde)


Philco Model 48-1266

Model 48-1266

Model 48-1266 included AM, SW and FM reception and used 9 tubes. The top doors could be opened and slid into the cabinet, out of view. The bottom door drops down to reveal the phonograph.

Original selling price: $329.50

Number made: 4,951


Philco Model 48-1270

Model 48-1270

Model 48-1270, a 13-tube radio-phonograph, featured AM, SW and FM reception and a "Dynamic" (magnetic) phonograph cartridge which was also used on Philco's more expensive radio-phono models.

This set was available in Walnut, Mahogany and Bleached Mahogany.

Original selling price: $359.50 (walnut), $369.50 (mahogany or bleached mahogany)
Number made: 6,614 (walnut), 7,436 (mahogany), 1,989 (bleached mahogany)


Philco Model 48-1274

Model 48-1274

Model 48-1274 "Hepplewhite" is reminiscent of some of Philco's higher-end 1942 radio-phonographs in style. And this was no accident - this, too, was a high-end, very expensive set. It featured AM, SW and FM reception, 16 tubes pushing 15 watts though a coaxial speaker (a small tweeter mounted in front of a large woofer).

For the first time in ten years, the term High Fidelity reappeared on a Philco radio; on this set and its sister model 48-1276. However, the High was abbreviated Hi and had more to do with FM and phonograph reproduction than AM.

This set was available in both Walnut (shown) and Mahogany.

Original selling price: $575

Number made: 1,140


Philco Model 48-1276

Model 48-1276

Model 48-1276 "Sheraton" was Philco's top of the line receiver for the 1948 season. It included the same 16-tube chassis and the same record changer as the 48-1274 above, in a somewhat fancier mahogany cabinet.

Original selling price: $695

Number made: 1,216