Philco for 1936 (introduced June 1935)

Overview

Model Index

The fol­low­ing mod­els remained in the Philco line­up: 38B, 54C, 59C, 60B, 89B. All oth­er 1935 Philco mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued.

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

32B 32F 38B 38F 54S & 59S 60B 60F
89F 116B 116X 116PX 610B 610F 610PF
611B 611F 620B 620F 623B 623F 630B
630X 630PF 630CSX 640B 640X (Ear­ly ver­sion) 640X (Lat­er ver­sion) 640PF
641B 641X 642B 642F 643B 643X 650B
650H 650X 650MX 650PX 650RX 660L 660X
680X

Models

Model 32B

Model 32B - Image courtesy of Phil Hall.
Model 32B

The six-tube, 32-volt DC Mod­el 32 con­tin­ued on with a new Baby Grand cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 24,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 640B, 641B, 643B & 650B)


Model 32F

Model 32F

The Mod­el 32 also received a new con­sole cab­i­net for the 1936 sea­son.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.50

Num­ber made: 75,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 89F, 611F, 620F, 623F & 642F as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 624F)


Model 38B

Model 38B - Image courtesy of Philip Sarasqueta.

The dif­fer­ence between the 1935 and 1936 ver­sions of Mod­el 38B is a larg­er escutcheon and dif­fer­ent dial scale on the 1936 mod­el. Oth­er­wise, this five-tube bat­tery set remained unchanged.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 38F

Model 38F
Model 38F

Mod­el 38F

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 110,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 60F & 610F)


Models 54S & 59S

Models 54S & 59S - Model 54S shown; Model 59S is identical in appearance.
Models 54S & 59S

While the Jan­u­ary 1935 Mod­els 54C and 59C were car­ried over into the new 1936 sea­son, the 54S and 59S received new cab­i­nets.

Mod­el 54 uses five tubes and oper­ates on either AC or DC cur­rent; Mod­el 59 is a four-tube regen­er­a­tive super­hetero­dyne which oper­ates on AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $35 (54S), $29.95 (59S)

Num­ber made: 16,700 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 54S & 59S)


Model 60B

Model 60B

Like Mod­el 38B, the five-tube Mod­el 60B is iden­ti­cal to the 1935 ver­sion except for the larg­er escutcheon and dif­fer­ent dial scale on the 1936 mod­el.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 60F

Model 60F

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $42.50

Num­ber made: 110,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 38F & 610F)


Model 89F

Model 89F

The six-tube Mod­el 89 con­tin­ued on for 1936. The 1935 ver­sion of the 89 Baby Grand con­tin­ued to be offered in the first part of the 1936 sea­son, while the 89 received a new con­sole cab­i­net for 1936.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $50

Num­ber made: 75,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32F, 611F, 620F, 623F & 642F as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 624F)


Model 116B

Model 116B
Model 116B

This set was the suc­ces­sor to the Mod­el 16; it also used 11 tubes and added a long wave band to its AM and short­wave cov­er­age up to 22.5 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $97.50

Num­ber made: 15,750


Model 116X

Model 116X

The new 116 con­sole added pas­sive radi­a­tors, which Philco called "Acoustic Clar­i­fiers." The con­sole mod­el also used 6A3 tri­ode out­put tubes for a high­er out­put pow­er than the Baby Grand ver­sion.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $175

Num­ber made: 30,950


Model 116PX

Model 116PX
Model 116PX

A radio-phono­graph com­bi­na­tion which used the 11-tube 116X chas­sis and an auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $350

Num­ber made: 1,050


Model 610B

Model 610B - Image courtesy of Richard Lackie.
Model 610B

An all-new five-tube set with three band cov­er­age (AM, the old "police" band and short­wave). It oper­at­ed on AC cur­rent only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $39.95

Num­ber made: 81,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 611B)


Model 610F

Model 610F - Image courtesy of Ryan Meldahl.

The con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 610.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 110,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 38F & 60F)


Model 610PF

Model 610PF

The new 610 could also be pur­chased as a radio-phono­graph com­bi­na­tion which includ­ed a sin­gle play 78 rpm phono­graph.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 2,200 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 630PF & 640PF as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 635PF)


Model 611B

Model 611B - Image courtesy of Marc Frigon.
Model 611B

Sim­i­lar to Mod­el 610, the 611 also used five tubes, but was made to oper­ate on either AC or DC cur­rent.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $45

Num­ber made: 81,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 610B)


Model 611F

Model 611F

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $57.50

Num­ber made: 75,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32F, 89F, 620F, 623F & 642F as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 624F)


Model 620B

Model 620B - Image courtesy of Ed Locker.

Anoth­er new three-band set, this mod­el used six tubes and cov­ered AM and short­wave to 18 mc. It oper­at­ed on AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 66,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 623B & 642B)


Model 620F

Model 620F
Model 620F

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 75,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32F, 89F, 611F, 623F & 642F as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 624F)


Model 623B

Model 623B

This new bat­tery-oper­at­ed Philco used six tubes and could receive AM and short­wave up to 18 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 66,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 620B & 642B)


Model 623F

Model 623F

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $75

Num­ber made: 75,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32F, 89F, 611F, 620F & 642F as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 624F)


Model 630B

Model 630B
Model 630B - Image courtesy of Larry Specht. Model 630B - Image courtesy of Alan Gollakner.

Anoth­er new six-tube, AC oper­at­ed radio, Mod­el 630 was very sim­i­lar to Mod­el 620 except for the added shad­owme­ter. Like the 620, it, too, received AM and short­wave to 18 mc.

The 630 Baby Grand is slight­ly larg­er than the 620 Baby Grand.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 14,700 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 635B)


Model 630X

Model 630X

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $75

Num­ber made: 51,415


Model 630PF

Model 630PF

This radio-phono­graph, while iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to Mod­el 610PF, used the six-tube Mod­el 630 chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 2,200 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 610PF & 640PF as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 635PF)


Model 630CSX

Model 630CSX
Model 630CSX - 630CSX, back.

A new chair­side mod­el for 1936, which is some­what sim­i­lar in appear­ance to the Jan­u­ary 1935 Mod­els 28CSX & 29CSX. This set uses the six-tube 630 chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.50

Num­ber made: 3,500 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 635CSX)


Model 640B

Model 640B - Model 640B, front. Image used with permission.
Model 640B - Model 640B, back. Image used with permission. Model 640B Model 640B

This new Philco used sev­en tubes and had four bands; long­wave, AM, 2.2-2.6 mc & 5.8-18 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $69.50

Num­ber made: 24,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32B, 641B, 643B & 650B)


Model 640X (Early version)

Model 640X (Early version)

The ear­ly ver­sion of Mod­el 640X looked iden­ti­cal to the six-tube Mod­el 630X (see above). This ver­sion was not in pro­duc­tion very long, and was soon changed to the lat­er ver­sion shown below.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $89.50

Num­ber made: 5,000


Model 640X (Later version)

Model 640X (Later version) - Image courtesy of Doug Houston.
Model 640X (Later version)

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $89.50

Num­ber made: 10,000


Model 640PF

Model 640PF

Yet one more ver­sion of this radio-phono­graph; this one used the sev­en-tube Mod­el 640 chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 2,200 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 610PF & 630PF as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 635PF)


Model 641B

Model 641B

Despite the avail­abil­i­ty of Philco mod­els that could oper­ate on either AC or DC, Philco con­tin­ued to man­u­fac­ture a line of radios designed to oper­ate on 110 volts DC only. Mod­el 641 was a new DC-pow­ered offer­ing for 1936. It used sev­en tubes and had three-band cov­er­age; AM and short­wave to 18 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $75

Num­ber made: 24,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32B, 640B, 643B & 650B)


Model 641X

Model 641X

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 60,250 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 643X & 650X as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­els 651X & 655X)


Model 642B

Model 642B

A new 32 volt DC set; unlike the Mod­el 32, the 642 did not have a vibra­tor pow­er sup­ply - it used 32 volts as its "high volt­age." Its sev­en tubes were tied in series. It could receive AM and short­wave to 18 mc, in three bands.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 66,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 620B & 623B)


Model 642F

Model 642F

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $74.95

Num­ber made: 75,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32F, 89F, 611F, 620F & 623F as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 624F)


Model 643B

Model 643B

This is a large, all-wave bat­tery set that used 7 tubes and received long­wave, AM, and short­wave (four bands total).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.50

Num­ber made: 24,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32B, 640B, 641B & 650B)


Model 643X

Model 643X

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 60,250 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 641X & 650X as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­els 651X & 655X)


Model 650B

Model 650B
Model 650B

The 650 used 8 tubes, and has the same fre­quen­cy cov­er­age as Mod­el 640. The 640 and 650 Baby Grand mod­els are iden­ti­cal in appear­ance.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.50

Num­ber made: 24,750 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 32B, 640B, 641B & 643B)


Model 650H

Model 650H - Image courtesy of Doug Houston.
Model 650H - Image courtesy of Doug Houston.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $125

Num­ber made: 2,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 655H)


Model 650X

Model 650X - Image used with permission.
Model 650X - Image used with permission. Model 650X - Image used with permission. Model 650X - Image used with permission.

Num­ber made: 60,250 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 641X & 643X as well as Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­els 651X & 655X)

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 60,250 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 651X as well as June 1935 Mod­els 641X, 643X & 650X)


Model 650MX

Model 650MX - Image courtesy of Ed Floyd.
Model 650MX - Image courtesy of Ed Floyd.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $125

Num­ber made: 6,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 655MX)


Model 650PX

Model 650PX

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $175

Num­ber made: 3,500 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 655PX)


Model 650RX

Model 650RX
Model 650RX - Model 650RX speaker. Model 650RX - Model 650RX chairside.

Philco's oth­er chair­side offer­ing for 1936 used a sep­a­rate speak­er cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $137.50

Num­ber made: 1,500 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 655RX)


Model 660L

Model 660L

This large con­sole mod­el had the dial and con­trols hid­den under the top lid. Mod­el 660 has 10 tubes and had four bands (long­wave, AM and two short­wave bands).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $150

Num­ber made: 1,000 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1936 Mod­el 665L)


Model 660X

Model 660X
Model 660X

A more con­ven­tion­al cab­i­net, this ver­sion of the 660 out­sold the 660L by more than 15 to 1.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $137.50

Num­ber made: 15,000


Model 680X

Model 680X - Image courtesy of Frank Drost.
Model 680X - Image courtesy of Frank Drost.

Philco's largest radio for 1936 used 15 tubes and fea­tured high fideli­ty recep­tion. Pas­sive radi­a­tors as well as an active 10-1/2 inch speak­er was used. The 680 had four bands - long­wave, AM and two short­wave bands.

The 680's dial and con­trols were hid­den under­neath the top lid.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $250

Num­ber made: 2,500


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