Philco for 1941 (introduced January 1941)

Overview

23 new Philco mod­els were added to the line­up at mid-sea­son 1941, while 12 mod­els were dropped from the line. The most sig­nif­i­cant change took place in Philco's portable line - now, all Philco porta­bles could be oper­at­ed from 115 volts, AC or DC, or bat­ter­ies.

Model Index

The fol­low­ing mod­els con­tin­ued in the Philco line­up: 41-90CB, 41-95T, 41-95F, 41-100T, 41-100F, 41-105T, 41-110K, 41-220C, 41-220CI, 41-221C, 41-221CI, 41-225C, 41-226C, 41-230T, 41-235T, 41-240T, 41-245T, 41-250T, 41-255T, 41-258F, 41-265K, 41-280X, 41-285X, 41-295X, 41-300X, 41-316RX, 41-602P, 41-603P, 41-604P, 41-605P, 41-608P, 41-609P, 41-610P, 41-611P, 41-616P, 41-695P, 41-RP1, 41-RP2, 41-RP5, 41-RP15, 41-705, 41-708T, 41-712T, 41-713T, 41-714T, 41-722T, 41-745, 41-758T, 41-759, 41-788T, PT-25, PT-26, PT-27, PT-28, PT-30, PT-87.

The fol­low­ing mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued: 41-81T, 41-83T, 41-84T, 41-85T, 41-287X, 41-290X, 41-607P, 41-KR, PT-42, PT-44, PT-49, PT-89.

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

Portable Radios

41-841T 41-842T 41-843T 41-844T 41-851T

Elec­tric (AC & AC/DC) Mod­els

41-22CL 41-231T 41-246T 41-256T 41-296X 41-315X

Radio-Phono­graph Mod­els

41-601P 41-620P 41-623P 41-624P 41-625P 41-629P 41-RP6

Philco Tran­si­tone Mod­els

PT-2 PT-4 PT-6 PT-10 PT-12

Models

Portable Radios

Model 41-841T

Model 41-841T
Model 41-841T

AM only, 5 tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 41-842T

Model 41-842T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Anoth­er AM-only portable, the 41-842 uses sev­en tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $26.35

Num­ber made: 47,590


Model 41-843T

Model 41-843T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Very sim­i­lar to Mod­el 41-842T above; the dif­fer­ence is the addi­tion of a lid which cov­ers the front of the set when closed.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $31.40

Num­ber made: 2,525


Model 41-844T

Model 41-844T - Model 41-844T, open. Image courtesy of Sam R..
Model 41-844T - Model 41-844T, closed. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 41-844T - Model 41-844T, back. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 41-844T - Model 41-844T, inside. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 41-844T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Philco's first portable to use a roll-down tam­bour door to con­ceal the dial when the set was not in use. Sev­en tubes, AM only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $36.35

Num­ber made: 1,500


Model 41-851T

Model 41-851T

A five tube portable that received short­wave (6 to 15 mc) in addi­tion to AM.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Electric (AC & AC/DC) Models

Model 41-22CL

Model 41-22CL - Image courtesy of Doug Houston.
Model 41-22CL - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

A new radio-clock com­bi­na­tion, the 41-22CL's radio used six tubes and could receive the stan­dard AM band and short­wave from 1.6 to 3.3 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: 8,525


Model 41-231T

Model 41-231T - Image courtesy of Bill Gabb.
Model 41-231T

This new Philco's styling was rem­i­nis­cent of the larg­er "bul­let" sets the com­pa­ny had pro­duced dur­ing the 1936, 1937 and 1938 sea­sons such as Mod­els 610T, 37-610T, 38-620T, etc. The 41-231T used the same chas­sis as Mod­el 41-226C (the "Sled"), with AM and short­wave cov­er­age (540-1720 kc and 9-12 mc respec­tive­ly). Elec­tron­ic push­but­ton tun­ing was anoth­er fea­ture the 231T offered.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: 5,025


Model 41-246T

Model 41-246T

This new Philco mod­el looks iden­ti­cal to the 41-245T. The dif­fer­ence is in its fre­quen­cy cov­er­age - the 246T receives AM and short­wave from 9 to 12 and 15 to 18 mc. Like the 245T, the 246T uses sev­en tubes and oper­ates from 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 34,351 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1941 Mod­el 41-245T)


Model 41-256T

Model 41-256T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This new mod­el also is iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to a June 1940 Philco - the 41-255T. This set also uses nine tubes and oper­ates from 115 volts AC. It has the same fre­quen­cy cov­er­age as the 41-246T above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 22,742 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1940 Mod­el 41-255T)


Model 41-296X

Model 41-296X - Image courtesy of Charles Poplin.
Model 41-296X - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This is an inter­est­ing set. It uses a 41-285 chas­sis mount­ed in a mod­i­fied 41-295 cab­i­net. Lots of emp­ty space inside! The set uses nine tubes and receives AM and short­wave from 2.3 to 7 mc & 9 to 12 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 19,025 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1940 Mod­el 41-295X)


Model 41-315X

Model 41-315X - Model 41-316RX shown. Model 41-315X is identical in appearance. Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Yet anoth­er Philco to use a cab­i­net that is iden­ti­cal to a June 1940 (ear­ly 1941) mod­el! It looks like a 41-316RX, but hous­es a 41-300 chas­sis. The set receives AM and three short­wave bands: 2.3 to 7 mc, 9 to 12 mc and 13.5 to 18 mc. Using twelve tubes, it oper­ates on 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 4,053 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1940 Mod­el 41-316RX)


Radio-Phonograph Models

Model 41-601P

Model 41-601P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This new radio-phono­graph com­bi­na­tion used the chas­sis of a new PT-2 (scroll down to see it) with a sin­gle play 78 rpm phono­graph. AM only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 41-620P

Model 41-620P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This five-tube set is unusu­al in that it is a straight (sin­gle play) phono­graph with ampli­fi­er and speak­er - no radio. It also uses the Beam of Light pick­up.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 41-623P

Model 41-623P - Model 41-623P, lid closed. Image courtesy of Robert Barrett.
Model 41-623P - Model 41-623P, lid open. Image courtesy of Robert Barrett. Model 41-623P

An AM and short­wave (8.9 to 12 mc) radio-phono­graph that used sev­en tubes and also fea­tured the Beam of Light pick­up.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 3,011


Model 41-624P

Model 41-624P

A con­sole ver­sion of the 41-623P shown above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $159.95

Num­ber made: 9,020


Model 41-625P

Model 41-625P - Image courtesy of Philips.
Model 41-625P

Anoth­er con­sole ver­sion of the 41-623P with the same elec­tri­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions; this Mod­el used an auto­mat­ic record chang­er with the Beam of Light pick­up. It is iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to the Mod­el 41-605P.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 22,940 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1940 Mod­el 41-605P)


Model 41-629P

Model 41-629P - Model 41-629P, closed. Image courtesy of William Binzer.
Model 41-629P - Model 41-629P, top open. Image courtesy of William Binzer. Model 41-629P - Model 41-629P, fully open. Image courtesy of William Binzer.

Basi­cal­ly a 41-608P (see June 1940) in a dif­fer­ent cab­i­net. The nine tube radio also received AM and short­wave from 9 to 12 mc, and includ­ed an auto­mat­ic record chang­er with the Beam of Light pick­up.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 41-RP6

Model 41-RP6 - Model 41-RP6, front. Image courtesy of Sam R..
Model 41-RP6 - Model 41-RP6, open. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 41-RP6 - Model 41-RP6, back. Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model 41-RP6

A new wire­less phono­graph built into the pull-for­ward draw­er of a table, which was large enough to sup­port a 41-255 or sim­i­lar Philco table Mod­el radio.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Philco Transitone Models

Model PT-2

Model PT-2 - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.

A com­plete­ly new Tran­si­tone, this mod­el would remain in pro­duc­tion (with dif­fer­ent mod­el num­bers) in the 1942 sea­son and for a few years after WWII. AM only, 5 tubes, 115 volts AC or DC.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $12.95

Num­ber made: 101,721 (Note: Fig­ure includes Mod­els PT-4 & PT-10 as well as June 1941 mod­els 42-PT2, 42-PT4 & 42-PT10)


Model PT-4

Model PT-4 - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model PT-4 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

An ivory paint­ed Bake­lite ver­sion of the PT-2 above, which also remained in pro­duc­tion for sev­er­al years.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $13.95

Num­ber made: 101,721 (Note: Fig­ure includes Mod­els PT-2 & PT-10 as well as June 1941 mod­els 42-PT2, 42-PT4 & 42-PT10)


Model PT-6

Model PT-6 - Image courtesy of Art Hoch.

A new, styl­ish, wood­en ver­sion of the PT-2.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $17.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model PT-10

Model PT-10 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The cab­i­net of this new mod­el is brown Bake­lite, iden­ti­cal to the PT-2, but uses a dial scale that is sim­i­lar to that used in the PT-4. It uses six tubes and receives the AM band only. It also oper­ates on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $14.95

Num­ber made: 101,721 (Note: Fig­ure includes Mod­els PT-2 & PT-4 as well as June 1941 mod­els 42-PT2, 42-PT4 & 42-PT10)


Model PT-12

Model PT-12
Model PT-12 - Image courtesy of William-April Stewart.

Anoth­er new wood­en cab­i­net with a chas­sis iden­ti­cal to the PT-10 shown above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $19.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


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