Philco for 1942 (introduced June 1941)

Overview

The new 1942 Philco line was made up of most­ly mild facelifts and small changes to sets, plus the addi­tion of new mod­el num­bers.

Fre­quen­cy Mod­u­la­tion (FM) had been avail­able since 1940, but Philco did not make any radios capa­ble of receiv­ing FM until the start of their 1942 sell­ing sea­son. The FM fea­ture was includ­ed in many of their high­er-end radios. Philco's FM cir­cuit was designed to cir­cum­vent the Arm­strong patents, and did not receive FM with the full fideli­ty that Armstrong's cir­cuits did. Like all pre­war FM radios, the Philco FM sets received a band that became obso­lete dur­ing the war: 42 to 50 mc. Since World War II, FM has oper­at­ed in the 88 to 108 mc band.

Philco's high­er-end phono­graphs con­tin­ued to use their exclu­sive Beam of Light pick­up head. Their auto­mat­ic record chang­ers added a slow­er speed - 39 rpm. These two speed chang­ers proved trou­ble­some, and after the war, Philco mar­ket­ed a con­ver­sion kit to change the two-speed 1942 chang­ers into sin­gle speed (78 rpm) rim dri­ve.

Model Index

The fol­low­ing mod­els con­tin­ued in the Philco line­up: 41-22CL (as 42-22CL), 41-90CB (as 42-121CB), 41-601P (as 42-1001P), 41-620P (as 42-620P), PT-2 (as 42-PT2), PT-4 (as 42-PT4), PT-10 (as 42-PT10), PT-25 (as 42-PT25), PT-26 (as 42-PT26), PT-87 (as 42-PT87), RP-6 (as 42-RP6). All oth­er 1941 mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued.

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

Bat­tery-oper­at­ed Farm Sets

42-121CB 42-122T 42-123F 42-124T 42-125K 42-126T

Elec­tric (AC & AC-DC) Mod­els

42-22CL 42-321T 42-321TI 42-322T 42-323T 42-327T 42-335T
42-340T 42-345T 42-350T 42-355T 42-358F 42-360F 42-365K
42-380X 42-390X 42-395X 42-400X 42-KR3 42-KR5

1942 Philco Trop­ic Mod­els

42-706C 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T 42-724T 42-730T 42-760T 42-761T 42-762T
42-788T

Porta­bles

42-842T 42-843T 42-844T 42-853T 42-854T 42-PT87 42-PT88

Radio-Phono­graph Mod­els

42-620P 42-1001P 42-1002P 42-1003P 42-1004P 42-1005P 42-1006P
42-1008P 42-1009P 42-1010P 42-1011P 42-1012P 42-1013P 42-1015P
42-1016P 42-RP1 42-RP2

1942 Philco Tran­si­tone Mod­els

42-PT2 42-PT4 42-PT7 42-PT10 42-PT25 42-PT26 42-PT91
42-PT92 42-PT93 42-PT94 42-PT95

Models

Battery-operated Farm Sets

Model 42-121CB

Model 42-121CB
Model 42-121CB - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The new entry lev­el farm set for 1942 was iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to the pre­vi­ous season's 41-90CB. Four tubes, AM only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 32,618 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of June 1940 mod­el 41-90CB)


Model 42-122T

Model 42-122T - Image courtesy of Dennis Olheiser.
Model 42-122T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

A five tube farm set which received the AM band from 540 to 1720 kc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $24.95

Num­ber made: 56,861


Model 42-123F

Model 42-123F

The con­sole ver­sion of mod­el 42-122T above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $42.50

Num­ber made: 7,210


Model 42-124T

Model 42-124T
Model 42-124T

A very large table mod­el with room inside to store the bat­ter­ies need­ed to make it oper­ate, the 42-124 received AM and short­wave from 5.7 to 15.5 mc. It used five tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $34.95

Num­ber made: 4,025


Model 42-125K

Model 42-125K - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This set was the con­sole equiv­a­lent to mod­el 42-124T above. The extra (low­er cen­ter) knob was used to rotate the set's loop anten­na with­out hav­ing to reach behind the cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 2,000


Model 42-126T

Model 42-126T - Image courtesy of Chuck Braun.

A six tube farm set, this mod­el also received AM and short­wave from 5.7 to 15.5 mc. Elec­tron­ic push­but­ton tun­ing was anoth­er fea­ture of this Philco.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $44.95

Num­ber made: 2,525


Electric (AC & AC-DC) Models

Model 42-22CL

Model 42-22CL - Image courtesy of Art Hoch.
Model 42-22CL - Image courtesy of Frank Smith.

Philco's Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­el 41-22CL remained in the line­up for 1942, being giv­en a new mod­el num­ber (42-22CL instead of 41-22CL). It received AM and short­wave from 1.6 to 3.3 mc, and used six tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: 8,525 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­el 41-22CL)


Model 42-321T

Model 42-321T

Two dif­fer­ent ver­sions of the same radio - this one had a wal­nut fin­ish with dark trim, and the oth­er had a wal­nut fin­ish with ivory trim includ­ing ivory paint around the dial scale (see below). Both received AM from 540 to 1600 kc. The chas­sis of each used six tubes and oper­at­ed on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $20

Num­ber made: 62,051 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-321T & 42-321TI)


Model 42-321TI

Model 42-321TI - Image courtesy of Jeffrey L. Gardner.

Elec­tri­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to mod­el 42-321T above, this set used a cab­i­net with ivory trim.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $21.50

Num­ber made: 62,051 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-321T & 42-321TI)


Model 42-322T

Model 42-322T

Philco's entry lev­el two band radio for 1942 receives short­wave from 8.7 to 15.5 mc in addi­tion to stan­dard AM broad­casts. It uses six tubes and oper­ates on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $25

Num­ber made: 62,051


Model 42-323T

Model 42-323T - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model 42-323T

Elec­tri­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to the 42-322T above, the 323T's cab­i­net used a com­bi­na­tion of wal­nut veneer, leatherette and a Ten­ite grille/escutcheon that seems to hold up much bet­ter than most of Philco's Ten­ite escutcheons of the peri­od.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $28

Num­ber made: 10,044


Model 42-327T

Model 42-327T
Model 42-327T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $29.95

Num­ber made: 40,875


Model 42-335T

Model 42-335T

A neat­ly designed sev­en tube Philco, the 42-335T was capa­ble of receiv­ing AM and the "police" band (1.6 to 3.3 mc). It oper­at­ed on 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $32.50

Num­ber made: 9,725


Model 42-340T

Model 42-340T
Model 42-340T

A step up from the 335T, the 340T fea­tured a true short­wave band (9 to 15 mc) in addi­tion to stan­dard AM broad­casts. Using sev­en tubes, it oper­at­ed on 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $35

Num­ber made: 26,750


Model 42-345T

Model 42-345T - Image courtesy of Marc Baetsch.
Model 42-345T Model 42-345T - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.

Sim­i­lar to the 340T above, the 345T added elec­tron­ic push­but­ton tun­ing and could receive AM and two short­wave bands (2.3 to 7 and 9 to 15.5 mc). It also used sev­en tubes and was pow­ered by 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $39.95

Num­ber made: 25,025


Model 42-350T

Model 42-350T - Image courtesy of Phil Bartells.
Model 42-350T - Image courtesy of Steve Dymale. Model 42-350T Model 42-350T - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff. Model 42-350T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Anoth­er sev­en tube mod­el, the 350T added FM recep­tion (42-50 mc) to its AM and short­wave (9 to 15 mc) capa­bil­i­ty. 115 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 41,750


Model 42-355T

Model 42-355T
Model 42-355T - Image courtesy of John Mielke.

The final ver­sion of Philco's "slant front" table mod­els the com­pa­ny had pro­duced since the 1939 sea­son - these com­pact "con­soles in table mod­el cab­i­nets" would not return after the war. The 42-355T includ­ed recep­tion of stan­dard AM, short­wave from 9 to 15 mc, and FM from 42 to 50 mc. As with many of Philco's high end con­soles, the 355 includ­ed push­but­tons not only for pre­set AM sta­tions, but also for select­ing the desired tun­ing band. 115 volts, AC only, eight tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $49.95

Num­ber made: 25,151


Model 42-358F

Model 42-358F

Philco's entry lev­el con­sole (floor mod­el) for 1942 fea­tured AM recep­tion only, used six tubes, and could oper­ate on 115 volts, AC or DC.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $45

Num­ber made: 7,011


Model 42-360F

Model 42-360F - Image courtesy of Dennis Sprague.

The suc­ces­sor to the 1941 mod­el 41-260F still used sev­en tubes and received the AM band. Its short­wave cov­er­age increased to 9 to 15.5 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $55

Num­ber made: 21,661


Model 42-365K

Model 42-365K - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

There was some sim­i­lar­i­ty between this new mod­el and the 41-265K it replaced. Both had sev­en tubes and three tun­ing bands - the 365K received AM and short­wave from 2.3 to 6.7 and 9 to 15.5 mc. The new 42-365 received a new Ten­ite escutcheon, which the 41-265 did not have.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $65

Num­ber made: 7,010


Model 42-380X

Model 42-380X - Image courtesy of Phil Bartells.
Model 42-380X - Image courtesy of David Kasabo. Model 42-380X - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The cab­i­net of the 380X was iden­ti­cal to the 41-280X which it replaced. It used eight tubes and fea­tured push­but­ton selec­tion of the desired tun­ing band as well as pre­set AM sta­tions. It received AM and short­wave from 2.3 to 7 and 9 to 15.5 mc. This was a very pop­u­lar mod­el in the 1942 sea­son.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $75

Num­ber made: 103,225


Model 42-390X

Model 42-390X - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

A con­sole ver­sion of the 42-355T shown above, installed in a floor mod­el cab­i­net and uti­liz­ing a larg­er speak­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $89.95

Num­ber made: 56,265


Model 42-395X

Model 42-395X - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.
Model 42-395X - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This nine tube Philco received AM, short­wave from 9 to 15.5 mc and FM from 42 to 50 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 20,665


Model 42-400X

Model 42-400X - Model 42-400X, with door over dial closed. Image courtesy of Allan Wallace.
Model 42-400X - Model 42-400X, with door over dial open. Image courtesy of Allan Wallace. Model 42-400X - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Philco's largest radio for 1942 used eleven tubes and had four-band cov­er­age: 540-1720 kc (AM), 9 to 12 mc, 14.4 to 18 mc, and 42 to 50 mc (FM).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $135

Num­ber made: 5,505


Model 42-KR3

Model 42-KR3 - Image courtesy of Paul Turney.

This year, pur­chasers of a new Philco refrig­er­a­tor could choose from two dif­fer­ent kitchen radios designed to sit on top of their new appli­ance. The 42-KR3 was a radio with no clock, using the 42-PT26 chas­sis; it received the AM band only and used five tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Sold only with Philco Refrig­er­a­tors, not sold sep­a­rate­ly

Num­ber made: 18,175


Model 42-KR5

Model 42-KR5 - Image courtesy of John Wynne.

The oth­er choice for a kitchen radio which sat on the curved top of a new Philco refrig­er­a­tor, the 42-KR5 added a clock to its five-tube AM radio.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Sold only with Philco Refrig­er­a­tors, not sold sep­a­rate­ly

Num­ber made: 14,550


1942 Philco Tropic Models

Model 42-706C

Model 42-706C - Note: 1946 model 46-806 shown. Model 42-706C was identical in appearance.
Model 42-706C

A five tube, three band receiv­er, the 42-706 received AM and short­wave from 2.3 to 7.5 and 7 to 22 mc.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 10,081


Models 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T

Models 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T

These three Trop­ics were replace­ments for 1941 mod­els 41-712T, 41-713T and 41-708, respec­tive­ly. The new mod­els now received four bands (540 to 1600 kc, 3 to 9.5 mc, 9.4 to 12 mc and 11.8 to 22 mc).

Brief spec­i­fi­ca­tions of each:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 10,100 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-716T, 42-717T & 42-718T)


Model 42-724T

Model 42-724T - Image courtesy of Livio Gasparini.
Model 42-724T

A six tube Trop­ic that had the same fre­quen­cy cov­er­age of mod­el 42-716T above. It oper­at­ed from 115 or 230 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 3,600


Model 42-730T

Model 42-730T
Model 42-730T

This sev­en tube, all-wave mod­el cov­ered 540 kc to 22 mc in five bands.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 4,000


Model 42-760T

Model 42-760T

This Trop­ic set, iden­ti­cal to the Cana­di­an mod­el 55T, has eight bands and can receive from 540 kc to 22 mc. Five of its eight bands are "spread" bands which allows for much slow­er tun­ing of pop­u­lar short wave bands. Eight tubes, 115 or 230 volts, AC only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 11,382 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-761T & 42-762T)


Model 42-761T

Model 42-761T

Offer­ing the same fre­quen­cy cov­er­age as mod­el 42-760T, the 42-761T dif­fered in tube count and type of pow­er required.

Mod­el 42-761T uses eight tubes plus a bal­last, and oper­ates on 115 or 230 volts, AC or DC.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 11,382 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-761T & 42-762T)


Model 42-762T

Model 42-762T

Mod­el 42-762T uses sev­en tubes and oper­ates on a 6-volt stor­age bat­tery. The cab­i­net is iden­ti­cal to mod­els 42-760T & 42-761T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: 11,382 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-761T & 42-762T)


Model 42-788T

Model 42-788T

Philco's largest Trop­ic for 1942 is near­ly iden­ti­cal to the 41-788T which it replaced. It adds an extra tun­ing band, mak­ing it a nine band receiv­er; capa­ble of receiv­ing fre­quen­cies between 540 kc and 22 mc. It uses eleven tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Portables

Model 42-842T

Model 42-842T
Model 42-842T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The suc­ces­sor to the 1941 mod­el 41-842T received a new dial scale but is oth­er­wise unchanged from its 1941 coun­ter­part. The set used sev­en tubes and received the AM band only.

Note the exam­ple shown above is suf­fer­ing from "Incred­i­ble Shrink­ing Escutcheon" syn­drome. Near­ly all of the Ten­ite plas­tic 1941-41 Philco escutcheons suf­fer from this prob­lem to a greater or less extent; the 42-323T being the excep­tion so far.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $26.35

Num­ber made: 47,590


Model 42-843T

Model 42-843T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

A new dial scale also graced this mod­el, which replaced the pre­vi­ous season's 41-843T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $31.40

Num­ber made: 2,525


Model 42-844T

Model 42-844T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Yet anoth­er minor change to a 1941 mod­el - only the dial scale is dif­fer­ent. This AM-only set is oth­er­wise iden­ti­cal to the 41-844T.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $36.35

Num­ber made: 1,500


Model 42-853T

Model 42-853T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Near­ly iden­ti­cal to mod­el 42-843, this portable Philco added short­wave cov­er­age (5.7 to 15.5 mc) and used sev­en tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $38.90

Num­ber made: 4,025


Model 42-854T

Model 42-854T - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This set was sim­i­lar to mod­el 42-844, but also added a short­wave band (5.7 to 15.5 mc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $46.35

Num­ber made: 2,515


Model 42-PT87

Model 42-PT87
Model 42-PT87 Model 42-PT87 - Image courtesy of Rod Lawerence and Jim Kennedy.

The replace­ment for the 1941 mod­el PT-87 received a new leatherette cov­er to its cab­i­net. It used five tubes, received the AM band only, and could be oper­at­ed on 115 volts AC or DC, or on bat­ter­ies for true porta­bil­i­ty.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $17.45

Num­ber made: 85,600


Model 42-PT88

Model 42-PT88 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

A new Tran­si­tone portable for 1942, the 42-PT88 was sim­i­lar to the 42-PT87 except for the added lid on front of the cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $22.50

Num­ber made: 23,100


Radio-Phonograph Models

Model 42-620P

Model 42-620P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This five-tube phono­graph (no radio) was iden­ti­cal to the 1941 mod­el 41-620P in every aspect except the mod­el num­ber, which changed from 41-620 to 42-620. Even the price remained the same.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 42-1001P

Model 42-1001P - Image courtesy of Byrd A. Bowser.
Model 42-1001P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Anoth­er 1941 left­over, the 42-1001P was the suc­ces­sor (and iden­ti­cal to) mod­el 41-601P. The price did increase by five dol­lars, though. AM only, five tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $34.95

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 42-1002P

Model 42-1002P - Model 42-1002P, lid closed.
Model 42-1002P - Model 42-1002P, lid open.

A new table­top radio-phono­graph, the 1002 used the chas­sis of a 42-PT10 com­bined with a sin­gle play 78 rpm phono­graph. Six tubes, AM only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $39.95

Num­ber made: 17,760


Model 42-1003P

Model 42-1003P - Model 42-1003P, lid closed. Image courtesy of Bob Timms.
Model 42-1003P - Model 42-1003P, lid open. Image courtesy of Bob Timms. Model 42-1003P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This mod­el could receive AM and short­wave broad­casts from 540 to 1720 kc and 9 to 15.5 mc. It also fea­tured a man­u­al 78 rpm phono­graph with a Beam of Light pick­up.

Code 121 ver­sions used sev­en tubes, while Code 122 ver­sions used eight.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 5,010


Model 42-1004P

Model 42-1004P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Basi­cal­ly a con­sole ver­sion of mod­el 42-1002.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $59.95

Num­ber made: 12,015


Model 42-1005P

Model 42-1005P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Like the table mod­el 42-1003P above, the 1005P used a man­u­al­ly oper­at­ed phono­graph with a Beam of Light pick­up, along with a radio capa­ble of receiv­ing the AM band and short­wave from 9 to 15.5 mc. Code 121 uses sev­en tubes; Code 122 uses eight.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $79.95

Num­ber made: 3,015


Model 42-1006P

Model 42-1006P - Image courtesy of Geoff Estabrooks.
Model 42-1006P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This sev­en tube, AM only radio was cou­pled with an auto­mat­ic record chang­er which used a con­ven­tion­al crys­tal car­tridge and sap­phire sty­lus.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $100

Num­ber made: 20,016


Model 42-1008P

Model 42-1008P
Model 42-1008P - Model 42-1008P, closed. Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff. Model 42-1008P - Model 42-1008P, open. Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff. Model 42-1008P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The suc­ces­sor to the pop­u­lar 1941 mod­el 41-608P, the new 1008P received some refine­ments in styling and its short­wave band was increased to 9 to 15.5 mc. It also received the AM band, and retained an auto­mat­ic record chang­er with the Beam of Light pick­up. It used nine tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $135

Num­ber made: 86,193


Model 42-1009P

Model 42-1009P
Model 42-1009P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This mod­el was elec­tron­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to the 42-1008 above. The dif­fer­ence was a more ele­gant cab­i­net. It was avail­able in either wal­nut or mahogany.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $150 (wal­nut), $155 (mahogany)

Num­ber made: 4,007 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of both wal­nut and mahogany ver­sions)


Model 42-1010P

Model 42-1010P
Model 42-1010P

The 42-1010 used ten tubes and had three tun­ing bands: 540-1720 kc, 2.3 to 6.7 mc and 9 to 15.5 mc. The phono­graph was an auto­mat­ic record chang­er with a Beam of Light pick­up.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $159.95

Num­ber made: 26,515


Model 42-1011P

Model 42-1011P
Model 42-1011P

The 42-1011P uses the same radio chas­sis and record chang­er as the 42-1010P above. The cab­i­net (which was avail­able in the wal­nut shown here, or in mahogany) is much bet­ter look­ing, how­ev­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $179.95 (wal­nut), $184.95 (mahogany)

Num­ber made: 6,990 (wal­nut), 1,755 (mahogany)


Model 42-1012P

Model 42-1012P - Model 42-1012P, closed. Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.
Model 42-1012P - Model 42-1012P, open. Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff. Model 42-1012P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

This mod­el used a cab­i­net left over from 1941 (41-610P). The radio inside was quite dif­fer­ent, how­ev­er; the new 1012P cov­ered the AM band (540-1720 kc), short­wave (9.0-16.5 mc) and FM (42-50 mc). The set also uses an auto­mat­ic record chang­er with Beam of Light pick­up.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $189.95

Num­ber made: 12,995


Model 42-1013P

Model 42-1013P - Model 42-1013P, walnut.
Model 42-1013P - Model 42-1013P, mahogany. Image courtesy of Matt Fumich.

A large, ele­gant unit that uses the same elec­tron­ics and record chang­er as the 42-1012P above. It was avail­able in either wal­nut or mahogany.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $225 (wal­nut), $230 (mahogany)

Num­ber made: 3,986 (wal­nut), 1,755 (mahogany)


Model 42-1015P

Model 42-1015P - Model 42-1013P, closed. Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.
Model 42-1015P - Model 42-1013P, open.

This radio-phono­graph mod­el used twelve tubes and fea­tured an auto­mat­ic record chang­er with the Beam of Light pick­up and a four-band radio (540-1720 kc, 9-12 mc, 13.3-18 mc & 42-50 mc). It was also avail­able in either wal­nut or mahogany.

The pic­ture at right illus­trates how the set looked with the large front doors open.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $300 (wal­nut), $305 (mahogany)

Num­ber made: 1,255 (wal­nut), 1,004 (mahogany)


Model 42-1016P

Model 42-1016P - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Philco's largest and most expen­sive radio-phono­graph for 1942 and the only 1942 mod­el to fea­ture wire­less remote con­trol, the 42-1016P used the same cab­i­net as the pre­vi­ous season's 41-616P. Its fre­quen­cy cov­er­age includ­ed the AM band, short­wave from 9 to 12 and 14.4 to 18 mc, and FM from 42 to 50 mc. The set used fif­teen tubes plus one tube in its wire­less remote.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $500

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 42-RP1

Model 42-RP1 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The low-priced way to play your records through a near­by radio uti­liz­ing the two-tube AM trans­mit­ter inside the unit.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $17.50

Num­ber made: 9,015


Model 42-RP2

Model 42-RP2 - Model 42-RP2, lid closed. Image courtesy of Bob Timms.
Model 42-RP2 - Model 42-RP2, lid open. Image courtesy of Bob Timms. Model 42-RP2 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Sim­i­lar to the 42-RP1, the 42-RP2 was housed in a bet­ter cab­i­net with a lid.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $22.50

Num­ber made: 9,065


1942 Philco Transitone Models

Model 42-PT2

Model 42-PT2
Model 42-PT2

Iden­ti­cal to the Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­el PT-2, except for the mod­el num­ber.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $13.95

Num­ber made: 101,721 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-PT4 & 42-PT10 as well as Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­els PT-2, PT-4 & PT-10)


Model 42-PT4

Model 42-PT4
Model 42-PT4

This new Tran­si­tone is elec­tron­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to the Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­el PT-4.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $14.95

Num­ber made: 101,721 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-PT2 & 42-PT10 as well as Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­els PT-2, PT-4 & PT-10)


Model 42-PT7

Model 42-PT7 - Image courtesy of Richard Lackie.
Model 42-PT7 - Image courtesy of Wayne King. Model 42-PT7 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

A new wood­en cab­i­net for this Tran­si­tone mod­el, which uses the same chas­sis as the 42-PT2 above.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $19.50

Num­ber made: 22,600


Model 42-PT10

Model 42-PT10 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The suc­ces­sor to, and iden­ti­cal with, the Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­el PT-10.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $16.50

Num­ber made: 101,721 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­els 42-PT2 & 42-PT4 as well as Jan­u­ary 1941 mod­els PT-2, PT-4 & PT-10)


Model 42-PT25

Model 42-PT25 - Image courtesy of Jeffrey Goldstein.
Model 42-PT25 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

The PT-25 from Jan­u­ary 1940 received a new dial scale and became the 42-PT25. It used five tubes and received the AM band only (540-1720 kc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 42-PT26

Model 42-PT26 - Image courtesy of Jesse Crowder.
Model 42-PT26 - Image courtesy of Chuck Schwark.

Sim­i­lar to mod­el 42-PT25 above, the 42-PT26 had a some­what reduced tun­ing range (540 to 1580 kc).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model 42-PT91

Model 42-PT91

Anoth­er new Tran­si­tone mod­el which would con­tin­ue in pro­duc­tion after the war (with dif­fer­ent mod­el num­bers). It used five tubes and received the AM band only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $11.95

Num­ber made: 50,606 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­el 42-PT92)


Model 42-PT92

Model 42-PT92 - Image courtesy of Ed Locker.

Iden­ti­cal to mod­el 42-PT91 above except for its ivory paint­ed Bake­lite cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $13.50

Num­ber made: 50,606 (Note: Fig­ure includes pro­duc­tion of mod­el 42-PT91)


Model 42-PT93

Model 42-PT93 - Image courtesy of John Mielke.

The styl­ish wood­en cab­i­net of the 42-PT93 housed the same chas­sis as mod­el 42-PT91.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $16.50

Num­ber made: 22,091


Model 42-PT94

Model 42-PT94 - Image courtesy of Robert Barrett.
Model 42-PT94 - Image courtesy of Gary Schieffer. Model 42-PT94 - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.

A five tube set, it received the AM band only.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $17.95

Num­ber made: 39,125


Model 42-PT95

Model 42-PT95 - Image courtesy of Gary Schieffer.
Model 42-PT95 - Image courtesy of Jeremy Schotter.

The cab­i­net of this mod­el was some­what dif­fer­ent from the 42-PT94 above, but both shared the same five tube chas­sis.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $18.50

Num­ber made: 30,625


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