Philco for 1954

Overview

The 1954 line of Philco radios began to shrink once again com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. The com­pa­ny offered only one AM-FM table mod­el while con­tin­u­ing its empha­sis on its "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band (1.7 to 3.4 mc) in most of its table mod­el sets and some portable mod­els.

This year, the mod­el num­bers no longer used the last two dig­its of the mod­el year as a pre­fix. Instead, each 1954 Philco mod­el num­ber began with the let­ter B, fol­lowed by the actu­al mod­el num­ber of the set.

Print­ed cir­cuit boards were used for the first time in some 1954 Philco mod­els. Philco called them print­ed wiring pan­els.

For the first time since the 1948 sea­son, Philco once again offered a high fideli­ty radio-phono­graph con­sole - the Phono­ra­ma (B1756), which includ­ed an AM-FM radio and a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Model Index

Intro­duced Sum­mer 1953

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

The 1954 Philco Line

B569 B570 B572 B574 B578 B649 B650
B651 B652 B656 B710 B711 B712 B712X
B714 & B714X B804 B956 B962 B964 B1349 B1350
B1352 B1750 B1752 B1753 B1754 B1756 "Phono­ra­ma"

Models

The 1954 Philco Line

Model B569

Model B569
Model B569

Philco's low­est priced table mod­el radio for the 1954 sea­son uses five tubes and receives the AM band.

It oper­ates on AC or DC cur­rent.

The cab­i­net is mahogany in col­or.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B570

Model B570
Model B570

Anoth­er five-tube AM radio, this Philco was avail­able in three col­ors - Car­di­nal, Sand, and Maroon.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B572

Model B572

This five tube Philco was avail­able in five col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B574

Model B574

In addi­tion to AM recep­tion, the B574 also received the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band (1.7 to 3.4 mc).

The cab­i­net was avail­able in either Spruce Green or Tan­ger­ine.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B578

Model B578

AM and "Spe­cial Ser­vices" recep­tion were the fea­tures of this five tube, AC/DC Philco mod­el.

The cab­i­net was offered in Spruce Green or Mahogany col­ors.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B649

Model B649

A four tube, portable mod­el, the B649 oper­ates only on bat­ter­ies and receives the AM band.

The cab­i­net is made of maroon plas­tic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B650

Model B650
Model B650

The B650 uses the same chas­sis as the B649 above.

Its cab­i­net was avail­able in three col­ors: Cher­ry, Sand, and Colo­nial Green.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B651

Model B651
Model B651

This portable mod­el can oper­ate on AC or DC cur­rent, or on bat­ter­ies, It uses four tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er.

The plas­tic cab­i­net was avail­able in three col­ors: Sand, Drift­wood, and Spruce Green.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B652

Model B652
Model B652 Model B652

Anoth­er AM-only, three-way portable, this mod­el was avail­able in four dif­fer­ent col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B656

Model B656
Model B656

This "three-way" (AC, DC or bat­ter­ies) portable was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

It receives the AM band plus the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band, and uses five tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B710

Model B710

This mod­el uses five tubes, and receives the AM band.

It includes a clock with an auto­mat­ic timer and alarm.

The cab­i­net is made of ebony plas­tic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B711

Model B711

Basi­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to the B710 above, except the cab­i­net is maroon in col­or.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B712

Model B712

A more con­tem­po­rary clock radio, it uses five tubes and receives AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

This mod­el was avail­able in either Sand or For­est Green.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B712X

Model B712X

Sim­i­lar to the B712 above, the B712X omits the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

Unlike the B712, the B712X was avail­able in either Pearl Gray or Maroon.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Models B714 & B714X

Models B714 & B714X - Model B714-X, front. Image courtesy of Daniel Gruwell.
Models B714 & B714X - Model B714-X, back. Image courtesy of Daniel Gruwell. Models B714 & B714X - Model B714-X, bottom. Image courtesy of Daniel Gruwell. Models B714 & B714X

This Philco clock radio uses five tubes and can receive AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

It includes an ear­phone jack and a night light.

The cab­i­net was avail­able in Pearl Gray or White.

Mod­el B714X is sim­i­lar to the B714, but omits the ear­phone jack and night light. It was avail­able in Spruce Green or Maroon.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B804

Model B804

Philco's top of the line clock radio for 1954 uses six tubes and can receive AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B956

Model B956

The only AM-FM table mod­el Philco offered dur­ing the 1954 sea­son, this set uses six tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B962

Model B962
Model B962

A six tube mod­el, the B962 includes the recep­tion of AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" bands.

The plas­tic cab­i­net was avail­able in mahogany or sand.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B964

Model B964

This mod­el also uses six tubes and can receive AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

The cab­i­net is made of brown phe­no­lic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1349

Model B1349
Model B1349

This entry lev­el, table mod­el radio-phono­graph uses five tubes and receive the AM band.

The phono­graph is an auto­mat­ic record chang­er and can play 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1350

Model B1350
Model B1350

Anoth­er table mod­el radio-phono­graph, the B1350 includes the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band along with AM recep­tion.

The radio uses five tubes, and it includes a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1352

Model B1352 - Model B1352, closed.
Model B1352 - Model B1352, open.

Like the B1350 above, the B1352 also receives AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1750

Model B1750
Model B1750 Model B1750

Repeat­ed from 1953 (53-1750), the B1750 was now avail­able with two dif­fer­ent fin­ish­es - mahogany and blonde.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1752

Model B1752
Model B1752

Con­tem­po­rary styling is a fea­ture of this new Philco floor mod­el radio-phono­graph.

It uses five tubes and receives AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band, and includes a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

The wood cab­i­net has a mahogany fin­ish.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1753

Model B1753
Model B1753

Sim­i­lar elec­tron­i­cal­ly to the B1752, the B1753 is unusu­al in that it uses black wrought iron for the base and door pulls.

The wood cab­i­net has a blonde fin­ish.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1754

Model B1754 - Model B1754 in mahogany.
Model B1754 - Model B1754 in blonde. Model B1754

A more tra­di­tion­al con­sole radio-phono­graph, the B1754 uses six tubes and receives AM and the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band.

The set includes a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

The cabi­ent was offered with either mahogany or blonde fin­ish­es.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model B1756 "Phonorama"

Model B1756 "Phonorama"
Model B1756 "Phonorama"

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


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