Philco for 1955

Overview

The 1955 line of Philco radios con­tin­ued their evo­lu­tion into sim­pler, func­tion­al appli­ances.

No Philco table mod­el radio includ­ed the FM band dur­ing this sea­son. In fact, Philco all but dropped the "Spe­cial Ser­vices" band (1.7 to 3.4 mc) as only one 1955 portable mod­el (C667) could receive this band.

FM was avail­able in the top of the line C1758 Phono­ra­ma high fideli­ty con­sole radio-phono­graph.

An unusu­al fea­ture was added to three new 1955 Philco portable mod­els - a built-in flash­light.

Philco also intro­duced six portable phono­graphs for the 1955 sea­son. This line of portable phonos would grad­u­al­ly increase over the next few years.

Model Index

Intro­duced Sum­mer 1954

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

The 1955 Philco Line

No
Pho­to
C570 C579 C580 C582 C583 C584 C587
C660 C661 C662 C663 C666 C667 C710
C716 C718 C720 C721 C722 C723 C724
C1332 C1334 C1340 & C1341 C1342 & C1343 C1347 C1348 C1755
C1758 "Phono­ra­ma"

Models

The 1955 Philco Line

Model C570

Model C570

One of sev­er­al Philco mod­els that use five tubes and receive the AM band, this mod­el is quite small.

It was made in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C579

Model C579

Anoth­er five-tube, AC/DC, AM table mod­el radio. The cab­i­net is brown plas­tic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C580

Model C580

This five tube Philco was avail­able in two col­ors: Cher­ry and Ivory.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C582

A com­pact five tube Philco which receives the AM band.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C583

Model C583

This five tube Philco fea­tured small thumb­wheel con­trols for vol­ume and tun­ing.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C584

Model C584 - Image courtesy of Clifford R. Huff.
Model C584

Sim­i­lar in appear­ance to the C583 above, the C584 was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C587

Model C587

This five tube, AM mod­el includes a phono­graph jack and a radio-phono switch.

The cab­i­net was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C660

Model C660

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

It was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

The grille and dial scale are gold in col­or on all mod­els except the maroon cab­i­net, which has a sil­ver col­ored grille and dial scale.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C661

Model C661
Model C661

This portable mod­el uses a chas­sis sim­i­lar to mod­el C662 below.

The cab­i­net was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C662

Model C662

This AM-only portable uses four tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er, and can oper­ate on AC or DC house­hold cur­rent, or on bat­tery pow­er.

It was avail­able in two col­ors: Cher­ry and Pine Green.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C663

Model C663

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

It receives the AM band and uses four tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er.

This mod­el includes a flash­light, built into the right side of the radio.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C666

Model C666

This AM-only portable uses five tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er, and is in a maroon cab­i­net.

A flash­light is built into this set, on the right side of the cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C667

Model C667

Sim­i­lar to the C666 above, the C667 includes a sec­ond band (1.7 to 3.4 mc) in addi­tion to AM recep­tion.

This mod­el also has a built-in flash­light (on right side of cab­i­net), and is in a maroon cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C710

Model C710

Iden­ti­cal in appear­ance to the 1954 mod­el B710, this clock radio receives the AM band. The cab­i­net is ebony plas­tic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C716

Model C716

This five tube clock radio was only avail­able in brown.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C718

Model C718

Sim­i­lar to the C716 above and using the same radio chas­sis, the C718 was avail­able in an ivory cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C720

Model C720 - Model C720, front.
Model C720 - Model C720, back. Model C720 - Model C720, side. Model C720 - Model C720, label. Model C720

An ivory plas­tic cab­i­net housed this five tube Philco.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C721

Model C721

This mod­el was sim­i­lar to the C722 below. It was only avail­able in brown.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C722

Model C722

This five tube AM clock radio includ­ed an auto­mat­ic radio-alarm fea­ture.

It was avail­able in Maroon and For­est Green.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C723

Model C723

This clock radio was sim­i­lar to mod­el C724 below. The cab­i­net was only avail­able in brown.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C724

Model C724 - Image used with permission.
Model C724

This clock radio mod­el includ­ed an auto­mat­ic radio or alarm fea­ture, and a delayed "off" set­ting. The clock could also be set to auto­mat­i­cal­ly turn on and off any appli­ance plugged into the out­let in back of the radio.

It was avial­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C1332

Model C1332

Philco's first portable phono­graph can play 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records. It has one tube plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er. The cab­i­net has a wood frame with a plas­tic cov­er­ing.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C1334

Model C1334

This portable, which has a wood cab­i­net cov­ered in leatherette, has three tubes.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Models C1340 & C1341

Models C1340 & C1341

These portable phono­graphs have three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­ers. They use the same three tube ampli­fi­er as mod­el C1334 above.

Both mod­els have wood frames cov­ered in leatherette.

Mod­el C1340 is in ebony while mod­el C1341 is in two-tone green.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Models C1342 & C1343

Models C1342 & C1343

These two portable mod­els had fold-up legs. Both are leatherette-cov­ered wood.

Mod­els C1342 and C1343 use the same three tube ampli­fi­er as mod­el C1334 above, and include three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­ers.

Mod­el C1342 is grey in col­or, while mod­el C1343 is tan.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C1347

Model C1347

A table mod­el, high fideli­ty phono­graph which uses three tubes and two sele­ni­um rec­ti­fiers.

The set includes a three speed record chang­er, an eight inch speak­er, an elec­tro­sta­t­ic tweet­er (mount­ed in the cen­ter of the speak­er grille), and an acoustic res­onator.

The wood cab­i­net was avail­able in mahogany or blonde.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C1348

Model C1348

This table mod­el radio-phono­graph includes a five tube AM radio and a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

The cab­i­net is mahogany col­ored plas­tic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C1755

Model C1755

This floor mod­el high fideli­ty phono­graph uses the same ampli­fi­er as mod­el C1347 above.

It includes a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er, a 10 inch woofer and an elec­tro­sta­t­ic tweet­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model C1758 "Phonorama"

Model C1758 "Phonorama"

The wood cab­i­net was avail­able with a mahogany or blonde fin­ish.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


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