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Philco for 1950

Introduced Summer 1949, with changes/additions made January 1950

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Model 50-520 Model 50-522 Model 50-524 Model 50-526 Model 50-527 Model 50-620 Model 50-621 Model 50-920 Model 50-921 Model 50-922
Model 50-925 Model 50-926 Model 50-1421 Model 50-1422 Model 50-1423 Model 50-1424 Model 50-1718 Model 50-1720 Model 50-1721 Model 50-1723
Model 50-1724 Model 50-1725 Model 50-1726 Model 50-1727

Philco's radio line shrank to 24 models for 1950. The company continued to offer a variety of table model radios, portables, and radio-phonograph models.

Battery-operated "farm" sets were not offered by Philco in the 1950 season.

The company introduced its first modern clock radio, the 50-527, which could be set to turn the radio on automatically ("wake to music").

Mahogany replaced walnut as the finish of choice on wood cabinets this season.


The 1950 Philco Line

Philco Model 50-520 Philco Model 50-520, ivory

Model 50-520

Model 50-520 in mahogany plastic (left) and ivory (right)

These two five-tube, AM-only models operated on AC or DC current and received the AM band


Philco Model 50-522

Model 50-522

Slightly larger than the 50-520 above, the 522 also used five tubes and received the AM band.

The cabinet was available in mahogany or ivory (50-522-I).


Philco Model 50-524

Model 50-524

Electronically identical to the 50-522 above, the 524 was available in a wood cabinet with a mahogany finish.


Philco Model 50-526

Model 50-526

This Philco model used five tubes, operated on AC or DC current, and received the AM band only.

The cabinet is maroon phenolic with a grille that is gold in color.


Philco Model 50-527 Philco Model 50-527, ivory

Model 50-527

Model 50-527 in brown plastic (left) and ivory (right)

Philco's first clock radios to offer a "wake to music" feature, these models could be set to turn themselves off and on at a pre-programmed time.

They use five tubes and receive the AM band.


Philco Model 50-620

Model 50-620

This portable, basically unchanged from January 1948, was available in three colors:

  • Brown
  • Teal Green
  • Maroon

It uses four tubes plus a selenium rectifier, and can operate on AC or DC house current as well as batteries.


Philco Model 50-621

Model 50-621

Another "three-way" portable (operates on AC or DC current or on batteries), this model receives the AM band only. It uses five tubes plus a selenium rectifier.

The 621 was available in the following colors:

  • Brown
  • Spruce Green
  • Beige

Philco Model 50-920

Model 50-920

This AC/DC Philco uses six tubes and receives the AM band.

The cabinet is made of mahogany plastic.


Philco Model 50-921

Model 50-921

Similar to the 50-920 above, the 921 is in an ivory painted cabinet.


Philco Model 50-922

Model 50-922

Yet another Philco model which is electronically similar to the 50-920, the 922 had a larger dial on its maroon plastic cabinet.


Philco Model 50-925

Model 50-925

Nearly identical to the 1949 model 49-905, the 925 used a dial scale with different colors for the AM and FM bands.

This model has six tubes plus a selenium rectifier, and operates on AC or DC current.

The cabinet is made of brown plastic.


Philco Model 50-926

Model 50-926

Similar to the 50-925, the 926 is another AM-FM table model which uses six tubes plus a selenium rectifier, and also operates on AC or DC current.

The cabinet is mahogany finished wood, with leather panels on the top and sides.


Philco Model 50-1421

Models 50-1420 & 50-1421

Photo courtesy Clifford R. Huff

Models 50-1420 and 50-1421 are identical in appearance to one another. The 1420 was introduced in June 1949; the 1421 replaced the 1420 in January 1950.

Both models include a five-tube AM radio and a two-speed phonograph that plays 78 rpm records automatically, and 33-1/3 rpm LPs manually using a separate tone arm.

The cabinet is made of brown Bakelite.


Philco Model 50-1422

Model 50-1422

The 1422 is basically identical to the 1420 and 1421. The difference is the new three-speed (33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm) record changer used in the 1422.


Philco Model 50-1423

Model 50-1423

Similar electronically to the 1422, the 1423 is housed in a wood cabinet with a mahogany finish.


Philco Model 50-1424, closed Philco Model 50-1424, open

Model 50-1424

Model 50-1424, closed (above) and open (right)
Photos courtesy Terry Dumerauf

This table model radio-phonograph had a five-tube AM radio and a three-speed record changer, all housed in a wood cabinet with a mahogany finish.


Philco Model 50-1718

Model 50-1718

Image courtesy Chuck Schwark

Philco's entry-level console radio-phonograph for 1950, it includes an six tube AM radio and a three speed automatic record changer.

The wood cabinet, identical to the 50-1720 below, has a mahogany finish.


Philco Model 50-1720

Model 50-1720

An AM-FM floor model radio which uses seven tubes plus two selenium rectifiers, the 1720 also includes a three speed automatic record changer inside its mahogany finished cabinet.


Philco Model 50-1721

Model 50-1721

This eight tube AM/FM Philco model also includes a three speed automatic record changer.


Philco Model 50-1723

Model 50-1723

Like the 1722, the 50-1723 uses an eight tube AM-FM radio coupled with a three speed automatic record changer.


Philco Model 50-1724

Model 50-1724

This Philco model features a mahogany cabinet with leather on the radio control panel. It uses eight tubes and receives AM and FM, and can play 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records on its automatic record changer.


Philco Model 50-1725

Model 50-1725

This model uses seven tubes plus two selenium rectifiers; receives the AM and FM bands; and can play 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records on its automatic record changer.

The cabinet, as with all 1950 Philco console radio-phonographs, is wood with a mahogany finish.


Philco Model 50-1726

Model 50-1726

A larger Philco radio with eleven tubes is housed inside this mahogany cabinet along with a three speed automatic record changer.


Philco Model 50-1727

Model 50-1727

Similar electronically to the 1726, the 1727 is housed in a slightly larger mahogany cabinet.