Philco for 1933 (introduced June 1933)

Overview

Philco's new 1933 line of radios includ­ed 25 all-new mod­els, along with 16 mod­els car­ried over from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, for a total of 41 dif­fer­ent mod­els to choose from.

Model Index

The fol­low­ing mod­els remained in the Philco line­up: 14LZX, 37C, 37L, 43B, 47B, 47D, 80B, 81B, 91B, 91D, 91RX.

The fol­low­ing mod­els remained in the line­up but were mod­i­fied to two-band cov­er­age: 19B, 19LZ, 19LZX, 89B, 89L.

The fol­low­ing mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued: 15X, 15DX, 22L, 23X, 24L, 25L, 26L, 27L, 36B, 36L, 36D, 43H, 43X, 47X, 48B, 48C, 48L, 52B, 52C, 52L, 53C, 71B, 71L, 71H, 71D, 71X, 71LZ, 91L, 91H, 91X and all Colo­nial Clock and Grand­fa­ther Clock mod­els.

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

14L 14X 16B 16L 16X 17B 17L
17XS 19B 19H 19TX 19X 43H 43X
47H 47D 47X 54C 57C 89B 89L
91L 91H 91D 91X

Models

Model 14L

Model 14L

A large, attrac­tive low­boy, this mod­el has a hid­den Inclined Sound­ing Board.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $85

Num­ber made: 2,200 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 16L & 17L as well as July 1933 Mod­els 14L & 18LS, Fall 1933 Mod­el 19L, and Jan­u­ary 1934 Mod­el 34L)


Model 14X

Model 14X

A new style Inclined Sound­ing Board cab­i­net for 1933, which was also used with oth­er Philco mod­els.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 2,000


Model 16B

Model 16B - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model 16B

Philco's largest Baby Grand up to that time used 11 tubes and cov­ered AM and short­wave from 520 kc to 23 mc in five bands. Mod­el 16 even inclu­id­ed a squelch con­trol to cut back­ground nois­es while tun­ing. The squelch could be turned on and off by a tog­gle switch on the side pan­el, and the squelch thresh­old was con­trolled by a poten­tiome­ter mount­ed in back of the set.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $75

Num­ber made: 22,100


Model 16L

Model 16L - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model 16L

A large Low­boy with the pow­er­ful Philco 16 chas­sis which, like most larg­er 1933 Philco con­soles, could pro­duce 10 watts out­put.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $125

Num­ber made: 2,200 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 14L & 17L as well as July 1933 Mod­els 14L & 18LS, Fall 1933 Mod­el 19L, and Jan­u­ary 1934 Mod­el 34L)


Model 16X

Model 16X - Image courtesy of Lee Holmes.

A large "X" mod­el with the 16 chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $150

Num­ber made: 2,000


Model 17B

Model 17B
Model 17B

The Mod­el 17 had eleven tubes, like the Mod­el 16, but only cov­ered AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 4 mc). It was not a pop­u­lar set and did not sell very well in any of its ver­sions, as most peo­ple who could afford an eleven-tube set opt­ed for the Mod­el 16 instead.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 2,350 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1933 Mod­els 43B & 91B)


Model 17L

Model 17L

Anoth­er attrac­tive 1933 Low­boy mod­el.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 2,200 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 14L & 16L as well as July 1933 Mod­els 14L & 18LS, Fall 1933 Mod­el 19L, and Jan­u­ary 1934 Mod­el 34L)


Model 17XS

Model 17XS
Model 17XS

Sim­i­lar to Mod­el 16X, but slight­ly small­er in size.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 2,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of July 1933 Mod­els 18XS & 19X)


Model 19B

Model 19B - Image courtesy of Jerry Waters.
Model 19B

The new Mod­el 19 now had two-band recep­tion, cov­er­ing AM and the "police" band up to 3.3 mc. Mod­el 19 sets now had a four-point tone con­trol and pro­duced a great sound in a com­pact (six tube) pack­age.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $37.50

Num­ber made: 20,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1933 Mod­el 19B)


Model 19H

Model 19H

Mod­el 19 could now be pur­chased as a con­sole. While pro­duc­tion of this mod­el was not real­ly high, exam­ples are not dif­fi­cult to find today.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $50

Num­ber made: 20,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 43H, 47H & 91H as well as Fall 1933 Mod­el 18H)


Model 19TX

Model 19TX
Model 19TX Model 19TX - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.

A new chair­side for sum­mer 1933. This mod­el fea­tured a com­pact table mod­el unit cou­pled to a large sep­a­rate speak­er cab­i­net by a 25-foot cable.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 1,500


Model 19X

Model 19X - Image courtesy of Tanner Genest.
Model 19X

Shar­ing a cab­i­net with the June 1933 ver­sion of the 91X, the small Mod­el 19 chas­sis is almost lost in this huge cab­i­net. It is sim­i­lar in appear­ance to the pre­vi­ous mod­el year's 15X, but slight­ly small­er in size.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 3,600 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 91X)


Model 43H

Model 43H

Philco's all-wave Mod­el 43 was car­ried over from the pre­vi­ous year. It received new con­sole cab­i­nets for 1933, and this is one of them.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.95

Num­ber made: 20,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 19H, 47H & 91H as well as Fall 1933 Mod­el 18H)


Model 43X

Model 43X

The eight-tube, all-wave Mod­el 43 in an attrac­tive 1933 Inclined Sound­ing Board cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 47H

Model 47H

This is a high­boy ver­sion of the 110 volt direct cur­rent (DC) Mod­el 47.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.95

Num­ber made: 20,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 19H, 43H & 91H as well as Fall 1933 Mod­el 18H)


Model 47D

Model 47D

This is the direct cur­rent high­boy with dou­ble doors for 1933.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $89.95

Num­ber made: 5,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 91D as well as July 1933 Mod­els 14D, 17D & 18D)


Model 47X

Model 47X

An Inclined Sound­ing Board Philco designed for use on direct cur­rent only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 54C

Model 54C - Image courtesy of John Wynne.
Model 54C

A new cig­ar box pee-wee for 1933, this set could be oper­at­ed on either AC or DC cur­rent. 5 tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $25

Num­ber made: 56,250


Model 57C

Model 57C - Image courtesy of Nigel Featherston.
Model 57C - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.

Anoth­er "pee-wee" Philco mod­el, this one used a 4-tube cir­cuit sim­i­lar to Mod­el 80, yet laid out on a very small chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $15

Num­ber made: 110,500


Model 89B

Model 89B - Image courtesy of Ed Locker.

The new 89B added "police" band cov­er­age (1.5 to 3.3 mc) and went from three knobs to four.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $30

Num­ber made: 94,390


Model 89L

Model 89L - Image courtesy of Carl Moser.
Model 89L Model 89L - Image courtesy of Keith Park.

This was a pop­u­lar set in its day, slight­ly out­selling the Baby Grand ver­sion of Mod­el 89.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $37.50

Num­ber made: 94,974


Model 91L

Model 91L - Image courtesy of "phreshmerch".
Model 91L - Image courtesy of Keith Park. Model 91L

The sun was set­ting on Mod­el 91; it would be dis­con­tin­ued only one month lat­er. It received new con­sole cab­i­nets for mid-1933, includ­ing this low­boy.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $60

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 91H

Model 91H

The new, short-lived Mod­el 91 high­boy.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $70

Num­ber made: 20,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 19H, 43H & 47H as well as Fall 1933 Mod­el 18H)


Model 91D

Model 91D - Image courtesy of Model 91D, doors closed..
Model 91D - Model 91D, doors open. Obviously, the blue grille cloth shown here is not original.

As you can see by scrolling through this page, this style cab­i­net was used on a num­ber of dif­fer­ent Philco mod­els in 1933.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $85

Num­ber made: 5,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 47D as well as July 1933 Mod­els 14D, 17D & 18D)


Model 91X

Model 91X - Image courtesy of Glen Gould.

The last Inclined Sound­ing Board Mod­el 91 is in a cab­i­net which is very sim­i­lar in appear­ance to the pre­vi­ous season's Mod­el 15X. The 91X is slight­ly small­er than the 15X, how­ev­er.

The June 1933 91X was also offered in a cab­i­net very sim­i­lar to the 19X shown above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $85

Num­ber made: 3,600 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 19X)


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