Philco for 1948 (introduced June 1947)

Overview

At mid-sea­son, Philco dis­con­tin­ued a farm set, a few Philco Tran­si­tone mod­els, one portable and the big AM/FM Mod­el 48-475. They also expand­ed their con­sole radio-phono­graph line while adding one con­sole mod­el and two new portable sets.

Model Index

The fol­low­ing mod­els con­tin­ued in the Philco line­up: 48-141, 48-150, 48-200, 48-200-I, 48-225, 48-230, 48-250, 48-250-I, 48-360, 48-460, 48-460-I, 48-461, 48-464, 48-472, 48-472-I, 48-482, 48-1200, 48-1201, 48-1253, 48-1256, 48-1260, 48-1262, 48-1263, 48-1264, 48-1266, 48-1270, 48-1274, 48-1276.

The fol­low­ing mod­els were dis­con­tin­ued: 48-145, 48-206, 48-214, 48-300, 48-475.

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

Elec­tric (AC-DC) Mod­el

48-485

Porta­bles

48-601 & 48-602

Radio-Phono­graph Mod­els

48-1282 48-1283 48-1284 48-1286 48-1290 48-1401

Models

Electric (AC-DC) Model

Model 48-485

Model 48-485

For the first time since the 1946 sea­son, Philco was offer­ing a con­sole radio that did not include a record chang­er. This set received the AM band only. It did not sell very well.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $119.95

Num­ber made: 6,265


Portables

Models 48-601 & 48-602

Models 48-601 & 48-602

The new 48-601 and 48-602 were avail­able in four col­ors (ivory, tan, green and maroon). While both mod­els look alike, the 601 oper­at­ed on bat­ter­ies only while the 602 could oper­ate on 115 volts AC or DC cur­rent, or on bat­ter­ies.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $22.95 (48-601), $29.95 (48-602)

Num­ber made: Unknown


Radio-Phonograph Models

Model 48-1282

Model 48-1282 - Model 48-1282, closed.
Model 48-1282 - Model 48-1282, open.

An AM-only radio with an auto­mat­ic record chang­er. It was avail­able in either a Wal­nut or Mahogany fin­ish.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $169.95 (wal­nut), $179.95 (mahogany)

Num­ber made: 10,424 (wal­nut), 4,520 (mahogany)


Model 48-1283

Model 48-1283 - Model 48-1283, closed.
Model 48-1283 - Model 48-1283, open.

Mod­el 48-1283 fea­tured AM recep­tion, an auto­mat­ic record chang­er, and record stor­age on left and right sides of the cab­i­net front. It was avail­able in either Mahogany or Blonde.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $179.95 (mahogany), $189.95 (blonde)

Num­ber made: 22,676 (mahogany), 3,985 (blonde)


Model 48-1284

Model 48-1284 - Model 48-1284, closed.
Model 48-1284 - Model 48-1284, open.

This radio-phono­graph includ­ed recep­tion of AM and short­wave, along with record stor­age. It was avail­able in either Wal­nut or Blonde.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $199.95 (wal­nut), $209.95 (blonde)

Num­ber made: 8,558 (wal­nut), 1,179 (blonde)


Model 48-1286

Model 48-1286 - Model 48-1286, closed.
Model 48-1286 - Model 48-1286, open.

This mod­el opened up the sides to allow for stor­age of 78 rpm record albums. The radio received AM and FM broad­casts.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $299.50

Num­ber made: 8,750


Model 48-1290

Model 48-1290 - Model 48-1290, closed.
Model 48-1290 - Model 48-1290, open.

AM, short­wave and FM could be heard on this new radio, and the auto­mat­ic record chang­er would play 10 or 12 inch 78 rpm records. This cab­i­net was avail­able in Mahogany or Blonde.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $369.50 (mahogany or blonde)

Num­ber made: 5,178 (mahogany), 1,487 (blonde)


Model 48-1401

Model 48-1401

This cab­i­net, designed by R.J. Whip­ple, rep­re­sent­ed a major change in Philco styling. The design would influ­ence a new table mod­el Philco radio which would become avail­able six months lat­er for the 1949 sea­son. This radio-phono­graph includes an AM radio and a sin­gle-play phono­graph which oper­ates in a sim­i­lar man­ner to Mod­els 46-1201 and 48-1201.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: $69.95

Num­ber made: 19,435


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