Philco for 1931 (introduced Fall 1931)


Three mod­els were added to the Philco line­up in the Fall of 1931. The ear­ly Mod­el 50 Baby Grand sets used mod­i­fied Mod­el 70 cab­i­nets; although soon after, the Mod­el 50 received its own unique Baby Grand cab­i­net. A Mod­el 50 low­boy and a grand­fa­ther clock with a Mod­el 70 chas­sis also joined the Philco line­up.

Model Index

All June 1931 mod­els con­tin­ued in the Philco line­up.

Click on a thumb­nail to see infor­ma­tion and pho­tos for each mod­el:

50 Baby Grand (Ear­ly ver­sion) 50 Baby Grand (Com­mon ver­sion) 50 Low­boy 570 Grand­fa­ther Clock


Model 50 Baby Grand (Early version)

Model 50 Baby Grand (Early version)

A few exam­ples of these have sur­faced in recent years. It is obvi­ous­ly a Mod­el 70 Baby Grand cab­i­net that has been redrilled in the bot­tom to accept the Mod­el 50 chas­sis, and with a new front pan­el drilled to fit the 50 chas­sis. While it was ini­tial­ly thought that these were "cus­tom jobs" done by col­lec­tors years after the fact, enough of these have now been found to estab­lish their orig­i­nal­i­ty.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 288,620 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of March 1931 Mod­els 21 & 46 Baby Grands, as well as June 1931 Mod­els 35, 46 & 70 Baby Grands)

Model 50 Baby Grand (Common version)

Model 50 Baby Grand (Common version)

Most Mod­el 50 Baby Grand mod­els look like this. It is a 5-tube TRF radio that works sur­pris­ing­ly well.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $36.50

Num­ber made: 80,500

Model 50 Lowboy

Model 50 Lowboy

This cab­i­net is much like the Mod­el 70 High­boy, with short­er legs and no stretch­er base.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 39,000

Model 570 Grandfather Clock

Model 570 Grandfather Clock

A great-look­ing piece of fur­ni­ture that incor­po­rates an elec­tric clock with a Mod­el 70 receiv­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $89.50

Num­ber made: 8,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1932 Mod­els 52 & 71 Grand­fa­ther Clocks)

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