Philco for 1933 (introduced January 1933)

Overview

Twelve more mod­els were added to the Philco line of radio in Jan­u­ary 1933.

Model Index

All Fall 1932 mod­els remained in the Philco line­up. Mod­els 47 and 71 now have shad­ow meters, but are oth­er­wise iden­ti­cal to their June-Fall 1932 coun­ter­parts.

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

14LZX 19B 19LZ 19LZX 26J & 27J 53C 71H
81B 89B (Ear­ly ver­sion) 89B (Lat­er ver­sion) 89L 91RX

Models

Model 14LZX

Model 14LZX - 14LZX-TU chairside unit, open.
Model 14LZX - 14LZX-TU chairside unit, closed. Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff. Model 14LZX - 14LZX-SU separate speaker cabinet. Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.

One of four new chair­sides, this set is based on the Mod­el 91 chas­sis which now had AM and "police" band cov­er­age (1.5 to 3.2 mc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $150

Num­ber made: 3,650


Model 19B

Model 19B

One of two new six-tube Philcos, the Mod­el 19 includ­ed a shad­owme­ter, but was oth­er­wise iden­ti­cal to Mod­el 89. Ear­ly Mod­el 19 sets only have a two-point tone con­trol, just like the 89; a four-point tone con­trol was added lat­er to the 19.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $37.50

Num­ber made: 20,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes June 1933 Mod­el 19B)


Model 19LZ

Model 19LZ - Image courtesy of Bob Timms.

A new chair­side using the Mod­el 19 chas­sis. The 19LZ uses a built-in eight inch speak­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 2,500 (Note: Fig­ure includes Mod­els 19LZX & 91RX)


Model 19LZX

Model 19LZX - Image courtesy of Bob Timms.

This chair­side is iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to the 19LZ above, but uses a sep­a­rate speak­er cab­i­net which is iden­ti­cal to that used with Mod­el 91RX (see bot­tom of this page).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 2,500 (Note: Fig­ure includes Mod­els 19LZ & 91RX)


Models 26J & 27J

Models 26J & 27J - Model 26J shown; Model 27J is identical in appearance. Image courtesy of Brett Sloan.

Two new radio-phono­graph con­soles; the 26J used a Mod­el 89 chas­sis while the 27J used a Mod­el 19 chas­sis. Of course, the 19 and 89 chas­sis are vir­tu­al­ly iden­ti­cal except for the shad­owme­ter used on Mod­el 19 (and 27J).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 53C

Model 53C

This was Philco's new "cig­ar box" or "pee-wee" set, made to oper­ate on either AC or DC cur­rent.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $25

Num­ber made: 6,250


Model 71H

Model 71H - Photo Furnished and used with permission.

This undoc­u­ment­ed vari­ant of the 71H cab­i­net is iden­ti­cal to the June 1932 71H except for the inlaid veneer above the radio dial in place of the rep­wood, and a dif­fer­ence in the front legs.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $69.50

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 81B

Model 81B

A new four-tube regen­er­a­tive super­hetero­dyne which could receive the AM band as well as the "police" band (1.5 to 2.8 mc). When Mod­el 81 was intro­duced, the price of Mod­el 80 was reduced to $15.

Ear­ly ver­sions of Mod­el 81B had four knobs; the off-on switch being sep­a­rate and direct­ly under the tun­ing knob. Most mod­els, how­ev­er, have the off-on switch com­bined with the vol­ume con­trol.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $18.75

Num­ber made: 196,175 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Fall 1932 Mod­el 80B)


Model 89B (Early version)

Model 89B (Early version)
Model 89B (Early version) - Image courtesy of Tom Albrecht.

Oth­er than the lack of a shad­owme­ter, the ear­ly ver­sions of Mod­el 89 are near­ly iden­ti­cal to ear­ly Mod­el 19B sets. Place an ear­ly 89B next to a 19B, how­ev­er, and you will notice that the 89B is slight­ly short­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $30

Num­ber made: 4,000


Model 89B (Later version)

Model 89B (Later version) - Image courtesy of Jerry Waters.
Model 89B (Later version)

A more com­mon ver­sion of the ear­ly 1933 Mod­el 89, with a flat front pan­el.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $30

Num­ber made: 94,390 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1933 Mod­el 89B)


Model 89L

Model 89L

A Mod­el 89 chas­sis in a com­pact low­boy cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $37.50

Num­ber made: 94,974


Model 91RX

Model 91RX - Model 91RX-TU chairside unit.
Model 91RX - Model 91RX-SU separate speaker cabinet.

Yet anoth­er new Philco chair­side, this is elec­tron­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to Mod­el 14LZX while the cab­i­nets are iden­ti­cal to Mod­el 19LZX.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 2,500 (Note: Fig­ure includes Mod­els 19LZX & 91RX)


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