Philco for 1940 (introduced June 1939)

Overview

The 1940 Philco line was, in out­ward appear­ances, not much dif­fer­ent from the 1939 mod­els. Inside, how­ev­er, most of the new Philcos received built-in loop anten­nas, elim­i­nat­ing the need for exter­nal long­wire aeri­als (except in cas­es where the set was sit­u­at­ed far from any local broad­cast sta­tions).

Philco's two high-end sets were now referred to by a more prop­er name - Wire­less Remote Con­trol. Obvi­ous­ly there was no longer any "Mys­tery" about how these sets worked!

The Philco Trop­ic line of export sets was expand­ed for 1940 and now includ­ed a num­ber of table mod­el, con­sole and radio-phono­graph sets.

Philco's line of low-priced Tran­si­tone mod­els was expand­ed for 1940. A fur­ther expan­sion of Tran­si­tone mod­els would occur only two months lat­er (see the August 1940 page).

Model Index

The fol­low­ing mod­els con­tin­ued in the Philco line­up: 39-711T (as 40-715T), RP-1, RP-2, RP-3, RP-4, TH-4, TP-4-I, TH-5, TP-5-I, TP-10, TP-11, TP-12, TH-14, TH-15. All oth­er 1939 Philco mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued.

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

Portable Radios

40-74T 40-81T 40-88T 40-504P

Bat­tery-oper­at­ed Farm Sets

40-90CB 40-95T 40-95F 40-100T 40-100F 40-105B 40-105K
40-110B 40-110K

Elec­tric (AC & AC/DC) Mod­els

40-115C 40-120C 40-120CI 40-124C 40-125C 40-130T 40-135T
40-140T 40-145T 40-150T 40-155T 40-158F 40-160F 40-165F
40-165K 40-180XF 40-185XX 40-190XF 40-195XX 40-200XX 40-205RX
40-216RX A52CK A52CK1

1940 Phono­graph with Philco mod­els

40-501P 40-502P 40-503P 40-506P 40-507P 40-508P 40-509P
40-510P 40-516P

1940 Philco Trop­ic Mod­els

40-710T & 40-2710T 40-715T 40-725T & 40-2725T 40-725PXX 40-748T 40-748XX 40-755T
40-755XX 40-755PXX 40-755PDXX 40-756T 40-756XX 40-780T & 40-2780T 40-780XX & 40-2780XX
40-780PXX

1940 Tran­si­tone Mod­els

No
Pho­to
TP-4 TP-5 TH-9 TP-10 TH-16 TH-17 TH-18
No
Pho­to
TP-20 TP-21 TH-22 UA-52P (TP-52) Unknown Tran­si­tone Mod­el

Models

Portable Radios

Model 40-74T

Model 40-74T

Sim­i­lar in size and per­for­mance to the pre­vi­ous season's mod­el 39-71T, this new portable received the AM band only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $26.45

Num­ber made: 11,065


Model 40-81T

Model 40-81T - Image courtesy of Kim Bowers.

A pop­u­lar mod­el, this new, com­pact, four-tube portable was sort of a bat­tery ver­sion of Mod­el TH-4, even using a sim­i­lar dial scale (only it read PHILCO instead of TRANSITONE).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $17.45

Num­ber made: 49,100


Model 40-88T

Model 40-88T

This five-tube portable could receive short­wave sta­tions from 5.8 to 18 mc in addi­tion to the stan­dard AM band.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $36.45

Num­ber made: 5,610 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1940 mod­el 40-88TL)


Model 40-504P

Model 40-504P - Model 40-504P, closed.
Model 40-504P - Model 40-504P, open.

An unusu­al radio-phono­graph which was designed to be portable. The 40-504P used four tubes and ran on bat­ter­ies, and the phono­graph mech­a­nism used a mechan­i­cal hand-crank motor.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $46.45

Num­ber made: Unknown


Battery-operated Farm Sets

Model 40-90CB

Model 40-90CB

The Bake­lite cab­i­net of this new farm set was left­over from the old mod­el 38-12CB, and had also been pre­vi­ous­ly used to house the Jan­u­ary 1939 Mod­el TH-3.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $24.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 40-95T

Model 40-95T

Mod­el 40-95 was avail­able as a table mod­el and con­sole (40-95F, imme­di­ate­ly below). Both mod­els used four tubes and received the AM band only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: 24.95

Num­ber made: 58,432


Model 40-95F

Model 40-95F

This is the con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-95.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $34.95

Num­ber made: 10,377


Model 40-100T

Model 40-100T - Image courtesy of Jeffrey Goldstein.

Anoth­er bat­tery-oper­at­ed Philco to be issued in table mod­el and con­sole ver­sions, the 40-100 used four tubes and received the AM band only. These two Mod­els fea­tured push­but­ton tun­ing.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: 12,510


Model 40-100F

Model 40-100F

A con­sole ver­sion of mod­el 40-100. It did not sell very well.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $47.50

Num­ber made: 4,926


Model 40-105B

Model 40-105B

This set was one of the last Baby Grand mod­els to be pro­duced by Philco (the oth­er was Mod­el 40-110B). It used four tubes and received the AM band only. It was not a huge sell­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $39.95

Num­ber made: 5,408


Model 40-105K

Model 40-105K

The con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-105, using the same cab­i­net as mod­el 40-110K. Nei­ther mod­el sold very well.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 2,030 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-110K)


Model 40-110B

Model 40-110B
Model 40-110B

This Philco mod­el used four tubes, but received short­wave from 5.4 to 18 mc in addi­tion to the AM band. Also, the 40-110 fea­tured elec­tric push­but­ton tun­ing.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 1,600


Model 40-110K

Model 40-110K

The con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-110.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $69.95

Num­ber made: 2,030 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-105K)


Electric (AC & AC/DC) Models

Model 40-115C

Model 40-115C - Model 40-115C, front. Image courtesy of Philip Worth - Jacksonville, FL.
Model 40-115C - Model 40-115C, top. Image courtesy of Philip Worth - Jacksonville, FL. Model 40-115C - Model 40-115C, left side. Image courtesy of Philip Worth - Jacksonville, FL. Model 40-115C - Model 40-115C, right side. Image courtesy of Philip Worth - Jacksonville, FL. Model 40-115C - Model 40-115C, back. Image courtesy of Philip Worth - Jacksonville, FL.
Model 40-115C

The low­est-priced line-pow­ered set in the 1940 Philco line­up has two bands: stan­dard AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc). It uses six tubes and oper­ates from 115 volts, AC or DC cur­rent.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $20

Num­ber made: 49,251


Model 40-120C

Model 40-120C - Image courtesy of Greg Van Beek.
Model 40-120C - Image courtesy of Greg Van Beek. Model 40-120C

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $22.50

Num­ber made: 59,593


Model 40-120CI

Model 40-120CI

This set is elec­tri­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to mod­el 40-120C, but the cab­i­net was paint­ed off-white.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $23.50

Num­ber made: 13,855


Model 40-124C

Model 40-124C

This set is, elec­tron­i­cal­ly speak­ing, a 40-115 with the addi­tion of push­but­ton tun­ing.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $25

Num­ber made: 16,020


Model 40-125C

Model 40-125C

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $27.50

Num­ber made: 34,806


Model 40-130T

Model 40-130T - Image courtesy of Jennifer Shade.
Model 40-130T - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.

A six tube, AC-only table mod­el, this Philco received AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: 40,960


Model 40-135T

Model 40-135T - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model 40-135T - Image courtesy of Art Hoch.

Essen­tial­ly the same as the 40-130 above, with the addi­tion of six elec­tron­ic push­but­tons.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $35

Num­ber made: 17,860


Model 40-140T

Model 40-140T - Image courtesy of Ryan Meldahl.

This table mod­el was sim­i­lar to Mod­el 40-130, but added a third band (short­wave, 5.7 to 18 mc). It also used six tubes and oper­at­ed on AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $35

Num­ber made: 16,591


Model 40-145T

Model 40-145T

A 40-140 with the addi­tion of six elec­tron­ic push­but­tons.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $39.95

Num­ber made: 19,555


Model 40-150T

Model 40-150T - Image courtesy of John Mielke.

One of two "slant front" table Mod­els for the new 1940 sea­son, the 40-150 used sev­en tubes and had three band cov­er­age: stan­dard AM, "police" from 1.55 to 3.5 mc, and short­wave from 6 to 18 mc. Eight elec­tron­ic push­but­tons were also fea­tured. It oper­at­ed on 115 volts AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 40,011


Model 40-155T

Model 40-155T

The 40-155 is near­ly iden­ti­cal to the 40-150 above. The cab­i­net is slight­ly dif­fer­ent; and this mod­el added one tube in the sec­ond detec­tor cir­cuit, mak­ing this set an eight tube radio.

Both this and the 40-150 are excel­lent per­form­ers.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 25,835


Model 40-158F

Model 40-158F

A con­sole radio which is elec­tron­i­cal­ly sim­i­lar to the Mod­el 40-130 shown above. It used six tubes and received stan­dard AM and the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc). It oper­at­ed on 115 volts AC only. The cab­i­net is iden­ti­cal to mod­els 40-160F & 40-165F except for the fact the Mod­el 40-158F does not have push­but­tons.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $39.95

Num­ber made: 17.653


Model 40-160F

Model 40-160F - Image courtesy of Mike Moore.

Essen­tial­ly a 40-135 in a floor mod­el cab­i­net. This mod­el also received stan­dard AM and the 1.5 to 3.3 mc "police" band, used six tubes, and oper­at­ed on 115 volts AC. It also fea­tured six elec­tron­ic push­but­tons.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $45

Num­ber made: 26,513


Model 40-165F

Model 40-165F

This con­sole is sim­i­lar in elec­tron­ics to Mod­el 40-145 above, using six tubes and receiv­ing stan­dard AM, the "police" band (1.5 to 3.3 mc) and short­wave (6 to 18 mc). It oper­at­ed on 115 volts, AC only, and its cab­i­net is iden­ti­cal to Mod­els 40-158F and 40-160F.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $55

Num­ber made: 5,506


Model 40-165K

Model 40-165K - Image courtesy of Ed Orcutt.

For the shop­per who was con­sid­er­ing a new 40-165 in late 1940, he or she had two cab­i­nets from which to choose. This "K" cab­i­net is con­sid­er­ably dif­fer­ent from the "F" cab­i­net above, but the chas­sis is the same. This mod­el also out­sold the 40-165F ver­sion by near­ly 5 to 1.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 25,345


Model 40-180XF

Model 40-180XF - Image courtesy of Sharon Cheatham.
Model 40-180XF - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff. Model 40-180XF - Image courtesy of Douglas Casey.

The 1940 ver­sion of a clas­sic Philco cab­i­net that had been intro­duced at mid-sea­son 1939 as Mod­el 39-31XK. The new ver­sion used sev­en tubes and received stan­dard AM, the "police" band from 1.55 to 3.4 mc, and short­wave from 6 to 18 mc. Eight elec­tron­ic push­but­tons were also fea­tured. It oper­at­ed on 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $69.95

Num­ber made: 129,076 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1940 Mod­el 39-31XK)


Model 40-185XX

Model 40-185XX
Model 40-185XX

Essen­tial­ly a con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-155T, with only a slight change in the anten­na cir­cuit. It used eight tubes and a large (12") speak­er, and received AM, the "police" band (1.55 to 3.4 mc) and short­wave from 6 to 18 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.95

Num­ber made: 21,518


Model 40-190XF

Model 40-190XF

This mod­el used the same chas­sis as Mod­el 40-185XX above in an Art Deco "sky­scraper" cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $89.95

Num­ber made: 39,769


Model 40-195XX

Model 40-195XX

This large ten-tube Philco could receive AM, the "police" band (1.5 to 4 mc) and short­wave from 6 to 18 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 28,505


Model 40-200XX

Model 40-200XX

This mod­el used essen­tial­ly the same chas­sis as Mod­el 40-195XX above. The 2nd detec­tor cir­cuit was slight­ly changed in this mod­el to use two tubes instead of one, mak­ing this an eleven tube receiv­er.

The 40-200 sets used left­over 1940 Mod­el 39-116XX cab­i­nets. These can be dis­tin­guished from the 39-116 by the addi­tion of a loop anten­na in back, eight push­but­tons instead of only call let­ter win­dows, and the lack of any Mys­tery Con­trol func­tions.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $135

Num­ber made: 22,330 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 39-116XX)


Model 40-205RX

Model 40-205RX

The 1940 suc­ces­sor to the 1940 mod­el 39-55RX received a new cab­i­net for the 1940 mod­el year. The chas­sis remained basi­cal­ly the same as the pre­vi­ous year's 39-55RX, how­ev­er. It used eleven tubes plus one in the wire­less remote unit, and received the AM band only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $159.50

Num­ber made: 5,050 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1940 Mod­el 40-215RX)


Model 40-216RX

Model 40-216RX - Image courtesy of Tom Genova.

A three band receiv­er (AM, "police" from 1.6-4.5 mc and short­wave from 6 to 18 mc) which also fea­tured wire­less remote con­trol. The radio used thir­teen tubes plus one tube in the remote unit.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $195

Num­ber made: 3,449 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1940 Mod­el 40-217RX)


Model A52CK

Model A52CK - Image courtesy of Jim Knapp.

No doc­u­men­ta­tion has been found on this mod­el or the sim­i­lar A52CK1 below. The sets used a Philco (Tran­si­tone TH-4) chas­sis and Ses­sions elec­tric clock.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model A52CK1

Model A52CK1 - Image courtesy of John Renyolds.
Model A52CK1 - Image courtesy of John Reynolds.

Very sim­i­lar to the A52CK above, this mod­el has dif­fer­ent speak­er grille cutouts.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


1940 Phonograph with Philco models

Model 40-501P

Model 40-501P - Model 40-501P, front. Image courtesy of Sam R..
Model 40-501P - Model 40-501P, left side. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 40-501P - Model 40-501P, right side. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 40-501P - Model 40-501P, top. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 40-501P

By now Philco had bought out the Radio­bar Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­i­ca, and were once again pro­duc­ing radio-phono­graph com­bi­na­tions in-house. This was Philco's entry lev­el radio-phono­graph for the 1940 sea­son; a basic Tran­si­tone TH-4 chas­sis with an exposed 78 rpm sin­gle play phono­graph built into the top of the set.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $25

Num­ber made: 3,015


Model 40-502P

Model 40-502P

This mod­el was elec­tron­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to the 40-501P above, but used a lid to hide the phono­graph when it was not in use.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $35

Num­ber made: 3,000


Model 40-503P

Model 40-503P

The 40-503P used a 40-135 chas­sis in com­bi­na­tion with a sin­gle play phono­graph which was under the top lid.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 1,000


Model 40-506P

Model 40-506P - Model 40-506P, closed. Image courtesy of Benny Kearns.
Model 40-506P - Model 40-506P, open. Image courtesy of Benny Kearns.

A con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-503P. It also used a ver­sion of the 40-135 chas­sis (six tubes).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.95

Num­ber made: 1,500


Model 40-507P

Model 40-507P - Model 40-507P, open.
Model 40-507P - Model 40-507P, closed. Model 40-507P

And this Phono­graph with Philco mod­el used a ver­sion of the 40-145 chas­sis (also six tubes).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $119.95

Num­ber made: 5,001 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-725PXX)


Model 40-508P

Model 40-508P - Model 40-508P, closed.
Model 40-508P - Modle 40-508P, showing inner components. Model 40-508P

This eight tube receiv­er used a vari­a­tion of the 40-180/185/190 chas­sis; the dif­fer­ence is that it uses a phase invert­er tube, two 42 pow­er out­put tubes, and an 80 rec­ti­fi­er. It also has a high­er pow­er out­put than the 40-180/185/190. The phono­graph is an auto­mat­ic record chang­er which was a fore­run­ner of the 1941 Beam of Light chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $139.95

Num­ber made: 8,003 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-755PXX)


Model 40-509P

Model 40-509P

A larg­er, more impres­sive cab­i­net than the 40-508P above; it housed the same radio chas­sis and auto­mat­ic record chang­er as the 508.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $185

Num­ber made: 2,310 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-755PDXX)


Model 40-510P

Model 40-510P

This mod­el used a 40-205 wire­less remote con­trol chas­sis with an auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $350

Num­ber made: 1,167 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-516P & 40-780PXX)


Model 40-516P

Model 40-516P

Iden­ti­cal to Mod­el 40-510P above in appear­ance, the 40-516 used a 40-216 wire­less remote chas­sis and an auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $395

Num­ber made: 1,167 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-510P & 40-780PXX)


1940 Philco Tropic Models

Models 40-710T & 40-2710T

Models 40-710T & 40-2710T - 1941 (June 1940) Model 41-705T shown. Models 40-710T & 40-2710T are identical in appearance except for the dial scale, which is similar to the 41-705T.
Models 40-710T & 40-2710T

These mod­els used the old Jan­u­ary 1938 Mod­el 38-14CB/38-15CB Bake­lite cab­i­nets.

Both mod­els were designed to oper­ate on 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC cur­rent. The dif­fer­ence in the two was in the fre­quen­cy cov­er­age of each.

40-710: 530-1720 kc, 2.3-7.4 & 7.35-22 mc

40-2710: 150-390 & 530-1720 kc; 7.2-24 mc

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 40-715T

Model 40-715T

A five tube set which oper­at­ed on AC cur­rent only, either 115 or 230 volts. It received three bands (AM, 2.3-7.4 & 7.3-22 mc).

The cab­i­net is iden­ti­cal to the 1939 Mod­el 39-711T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Models 40-725T & 40-2725T

Models 40-725T & 40-2725T

These were six tube Trop­ic mod­els which were designed to run on either 115 or 230 volts, AC cur­rent only. The 40-725 received AM and short­wave from 2.3-7.4 & 7.35-22 mc. The 40-2725 received long­wave (150-390 kc), AM, and short­wave from 7.2 to 24 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 4,537 (fig­ure includes both ver­sions)


Model 40-725PXX

Model 40-725PXX

A radio-phono­graph ver­sion of Mod­el 40-725T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 5,001 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-507P)


Model 40-748T

Model 40-748T

This bat­tery oper­at­ed Philco Trop­ic used sev­en tubes and cov­ered three fre­quen­cy ranges: 530-1720 kc (AM), 2.3-7.4 & 7.3-22 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 7,076 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-755T & 40-756T)


Model 40-748XX

Model 40-748XX

The con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-748.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 500 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-755XX & 40-756XX)


Model 40-755T

Model 40-755T

Made to oper­ate on 115 or 230 volts, AC cur­rent only, the 40-755 has the same fre­quen­cy cov­er­age as Mod­el 40-748T above, and was housed in an iden­ti­cal cab­i­net. It uses eight tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 7,076 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-748T & 40-756T)


Model 40-755XX

Model 40-755XX

This is the con­sole ver­sion of Mod­el 40-755T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 500 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-748XX & 40-756XX)


Model 40-755PXX

Model 40-755PXX

One of two con­sole ver­sions of Mod­el 40-755, which includes an auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 8,003 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-508P)


Model 40-755PDXX

Model 40-755PDXX

This larg­er, more impres­sive cab­i­net also housed a 40-755 chas­sis and an auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 2,310 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el 40-509P)


Model 40-756T

Model 40-756T

This Trop­ic Mod­el had three bands (530-1720 kc, 2.3-7.4 mc & 7.3-22 mc) and oper­at­ed from either 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC. It used eight tubes, and was iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to Mod­els 40-748T & 40-755T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 7,076 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-748T & 40-755T)


Model 40-756XX

Model 40-756XX

An AC/DC ver­sion of Mod­el 40-755XX; elec­tri­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions are the same as Mod­el 40-756T above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 500 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-748XX & 40-755XX)


Models 40-780T & 40-2780T

Models 40-780T & 40-2780T

These Trop­ic mod­els use eleven tubes and have three bands. The 40-780 cov­ers 530-1720 kc, 2.3-7.4 mc & 7.4-22 mc; the 40-2780 cov­ers 150-390 kc & 530-1720 kc & 7.4-22 mc. Both oper­ate on 115 or 230 volts, AC cur­rent only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 3,062 (fig­ure includes both ver­sions)


Models 40-780XX & 40-2780XX

Models 40-780XX & 40-2780XX

Con­sole ver­sions of mod­els 40-780T & 40-2780T, respec­tive­ly.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 200 (fig­ure includes both ver­sions)


Model 40-780PXX

Model 40-780PXX

A radio-phono­graph ver­sion of Mod­el 40-780, con­tain­ing an auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 1,167 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­els 40-510P & 40-516P)


1940 Transitone Models

Model TP-4

Model TP-4

Iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to the Jan­u­ary 1939 Mod­el TH-4, the TP-4 adds "police" band cov­er­age (2.3 to 2.5 mc). It is elec­tron­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal with the Jan­u­ary 1939 Mod­el TP-4-I, which was housed in an ivory paint­ed Bake­lite cab­i­net. It used five tubes and could run on either AC or DC cur­rent.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 91,948 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el TH-18 as well as Jan­u­ary 1939 Mod­el TH-4)


Model TP-5

Model TP-5 - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model TP-5

The plain brown Bake­lite ver­sion of the Jan­u­ary 1940 TP-5-I, which had an ivory paint­ed Bake­lite cab­i­net of the same style. Five tubes, AC/DC, AM and the "police" band (2.3-2.5 mc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 18,093 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1939 Mod­el TH-5)


Model TH-9

A small five tube AC/DC set which received the broad­cast band plus short­wave from 3 to 10 mc. No pho­to of this set has yet been found.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model TP-10

Model TP-10 - Model TP-10, brown/tan.
Model TP-10 - Model TP-10, brown/tan. Model TP-10 - Model TP-10, blue/yellow. Image courtesy of Mike Serafino.

These Tran­si­tone mod­els fea­tured a Ten­ite grille and dial point­er.

These parts tend to shrink and warp over time. The set used five tubes, received AM and a 2.3 to 2.5 mc "police" band, and was avail­able in col­ors oth­er than the two exam­ples shown above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model TH-16

Model TH-16
Model TH-16 - Image courtesy of Greg Armstrong. Model TH-16

Essen­tial­ly a TH-4 with the addi­tion of a han­dle, a loop anten­na, and a Bake­lite back to con­ceal the loop. This cab­i­net was mold­ed dif­fer­ent­ly from the TH-4, in order for the Bake­lite back to fit prop­er­ly.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $11.95

Num­ber made: 17,030


Model TH-17

Model TH-17

Add a han­dle, loop anten­na and a Bake­lite back to a TH-5, and you end up with a TH-17. Of course the basic TH-5 cab­i­net was mod­i­fied to accept the Bake­lite back.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $17.95

Num­ber made: 8,383


Model TH-18

Model TH-18

This set's cab­i­net is iden­ti­cal to a TH-4 or TP-4, and also uses five tubes and runs on either AC or DC house­hold cur­rent. The dif­fer­ence is the fre­quen­cy cov­er­age - the TH-18 has a real short­wave band (5.5 to 19 mc) in addi­tion to AM cov­er­age. The dial scale is also dif­fer­ent.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 91,948 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Mod­el TP-4 as well as Jan­u­ary 1940 Mod­el TH-4)


Model TP-20

Model TP-20 - Image courtesy of Mike Serafino.
Model TP-20

Sim­i­lar to Mod­el TP-10, the TP-20 adds a loop anten­na, Bake­lite back cov­er and car­ry­ing han­dle.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $15.95

Num­ber made: 4,000


Model TP-21

Model TP-21

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $22.50

Num­ber made: 2,000


Model TH-22

This mod­el is list­ed in Philco ser­vice lit­er­a­ture, but so far no pic­tures of this mod­el have been found. It used five tubes and received AM and one short­wave band (7 to 24 mc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model UA-52P (TP-52)

Model UA-52P (TP-52) - Model UA-52P, white beetle/black Bakelite. Image courtesy of Mike Schultz.
Model UA-52P (TP-52) - Model UA-52P variant; red/black. Image courtesy of William Thornton. Model UA-52P (TP-52) - Image courtesy of Mike Schultz.

This very unusu­al mod­el was mar­ket­ed under the SIMPLEX name as well as TRANSITONE.

More infor­ma­tion on this mod­el may be found on the Philco UA52P page at the Reverse Time Page site.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $19.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Unknown Transitone Model

Unknown Transitone Model

So far, no doc­u­men­ta­tion has been found on this plain, unusu­al Tran­si­tone mod­el. It does use a five-tube TH-4 AC/DC chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


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