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Philco in the United Kingdom

Philco began exporting Model 20 Baby Grands as well as other models to the UK in 1930. Philco continued to export Philadelphia-made radios to Britain until 1932, at which time a new subsidiary was formed – Philco Radio & Television Corporation of Great Britain. Carleton L. Dyer served as chairman of Philco (UK) for a number of years.

The new Philco subsidiary wasted no time in building a plant at Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex, although some of its models continued to use Philadelphia-built chassis.

As time went on, Philco of Great Britain gradually took over complete manufacture of its own sets; although certain USA Philco models, notably the Model 16, continued to be exported to the British Isles.

It is known that Philco (UK) exported radios to France. As an example, the author formerly owned a 1936 Model 2620 Baby Grand which had a chassis built in Philadelphia, cabinet made at Perivale, Greenford, Middlesex, and a dial scale printed in French, obviously for the French market.

Officers of Philco Radio & Television Corporation of Great Britain, Limited, mid-1930s

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Carleton L. Dyer - Click to enlarge
Carleton L. Dyer - Click to enlarge
H.V. Lewis - Click to enlarge

Philco (UK) Historical Photos and Adverts

1934 Philco UK window display - Click to enlarge
1934 Philco UK window display - Click to enlarge
1934 Philco UK newspaper ad - Click to enlarge
Bus with Philco advertising - Click to enlarge
Philco Perivale groundbreaking - Click to enlarge
Philco Perivale groundbreaking - Click to enlarge
Philco Perivale Neon Sign - Click to enlarge
Philco UK advertisement - Click to enlarge
Philco UK advertisement - Click to enlarge

A Sampling of Philco Radios produced and/or sold in the United Kingdom

Model 261 - Click to enlarge
Model 233 - Click to enlarge
Model 264 - Click to enlarge
Model 264 - Click to enlarge
Model 1263 Baby Grand - Click to enlarge
Model 1263 COncert Grand - Click to enlarge
Model 265 - Click to enlarge
Model 267 - Click to enlarge
801T Auto Radio - Click to enlarge
Model 116 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model 205 - Click to enlarge
Model 255 - Click to enlarge
Model 280 - Click to enlarge
Model 281 - Click to enlarge
Model 282 - Click to enlarge
Model 290 - Click to enlarge
Model 290 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
806T Auto Radio - Click to enlarge
Model 1280 - Click to enlarge
Model 1280 - Click to enlarge
Model 1282 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model 99 - Click to enlarge
Model 99 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model 269 - Click to enlarge
Model 269 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model 295 - Click to enlarge
Model 444 - Click to enlarge
Model 450 - Click to enlarge
Model 584 - Click to enlarge
Model A53 - Click to enlarge
Model A537 - Click to enlarge
Model A537 Console - Click to enlarge
Model A537 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model A637 - Click to enlarge
Model A637 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model A638 - Click to enlarge
Model A847 - Click to enlarge
Model A938 Concert Grand - Click to enlarge
Model A1847 - Click to enlarge
Model B537 - Click to enlarge
C527 Bookcase - Click to enlarge
Model C537 - Click to enlarge
Model P322 - Click to enlarge
Model P337 - Click to enlarge
Model U647 - Click to enlarge
Empire Twenty-Two Balmoral - Click to enlarge
Empire Twenty-Two Buckingham - Click to enlarge
Empire Twenty-Two Windsor - Click to enlarge
Philcophone Intercom - Click to enlarge
Model D732 - Click to enlarge
Model D732 - Click to enlarge
Model A1 - Click to enlarge
Model A1, Ivory - Click to enlarge
A1 with wood cabinet - Click to enlarge
Model A1 Radiogram - Click to enlarge
Model A3 - Click to enlarge
Model A5 - Click to enlarge
Model A7 - Click to enlarge
Model A9 - Click to enlarge
Model A539 - Click to enlarge
Model CA638 - Click to enlarge
Philco Major - Click to enlarge
Model P429 - Click to enlarge
Model Y2 - Click to enlarge
Model Y3 - Click to enlarge
Mystery Control Radio - Click to enlarge
Mystery Control Unit - Click to enlarge