Philco for 1956

Overview

Philco's 1956 radio line was slight­ly larg­er than 1955, with more clock radios but few­er porta­bles. They offered more portable phono­graphs, includ­ing mod­els with fold-up stands which made them usable as floor or table mod­els.

Two unusu­al mod­els for 1956: a portable radio designed espe­cial­ly for women, with a mir­ror under the lid and a stor­age com­part­ment (D665). And one table mod­el radio did not have a clock, but did have an auto­mat­ic timer (D725).

The Tran­si­tone name was used for the last time on low­er-priced 1956 Philco mod­els.

Philco intro­duced two portable phono­graphs for the 1956 sea­son that used tran­sis­tors instead of tubes (TPA-1 and TPA-2). These oper­at­ed on bat­tery pow­er.

Model Index

Intro­duced Sum­mer 1955

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

The 1956 Philco Line

D579 D590 D591 D592 D593 D595 D597
D598 D655 "Sport­ster" D661 D664 D665 "Overnighter" D717 D719
D725 D726 D727 D728 "Seno­ra" D730 D734 D736
D737 D738 D1331 D1333 D1335 D1337 D1339
D1344 D1345 D1346 "Miss Amer­i­ca" D1347 D1757 TPA-1 TPA-2

Models

The 1956 Philco Line

Model D579

Model D579

Philco released six mod­els for the 1956 sea­son that used the same chas­sis, receiv­ing the AM band and using only four tubes with an auto­dyne mix­er - these mod­els had no IF ampli­fi­ca­tion.

This was one of those six mod­els.

The cab­i­net is brown plas­tic.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D590

Model D590

Using the same chas­sis as the D579 above, the D590 is in an ebony plas­tic cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D591

Model D591

Anoth­er four tube auto­dyne mod­el, this Philco set was avail­able in three col­ors (Cher­ry, Ivory, and Lime).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D592

Model D592

This mod­el used a con­ven­tion­al five tube cir­cuit, and was avail­able in a black plas­tic cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D593

Model D593
Model D593

Sim­i­lar to the D592 above, the D593 was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D595

Model D595

Elec­tron­i­cal­ly iden­ti­cal to the D592, the D595 was avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D597

Model D597

A five tube table mod­el, this Philco came in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D598

Model D598
Model D598

This Philco mod­el includ­ed a phono jack so a phono­graph could be con­nect­ed to this radio. The set uses two speak­ers and includes a tone con­trol, an uncom­mon fea­ture in 1950s table mod­el radios.

The cab­i­net is wood with a mahogany fin­ish.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D655 "Sportster"

Model D655 "Sportster"
Model D655 "Sportster" - Model D655, . Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model D655 "Sportster" - Model D655, . Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model D655 "Sportster" - Model D655, . Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model D655 "Sportster" - Model D655, . Image courtesy of Sam R..
Model D655 "Sportster" Model D655 "Sportster" Model D655 "Sportster"

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

The leather cov­er­ing was avail­able in Rio Red and Ver­adera Sand as well as tan.

Most of these sets found today no longer have the long shoul­der strap.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D661

Model D661

Using the same chas­sis as the D655 above, the D661 was enclosed in a plas­tic cab­i­net avail­able in three col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D664

Model D664 - Image courtesy of Sam R..
Model D664 - Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model D664 - Image courtesy of Sam R.. Model D664

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

It was avail­able in sev­en dif­fer­ent col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D665 "Overnighter"

Model D665 "Overnighter" - Model D665, open. Image used with permission.
Model D665 "Overnighter" - Model D665, closed. Image used with permission. Model D665 "Overnighter" - Model D665, interior. Image used with permission. Model D665 "Overnighter" Model D665 "Overnighter"

Designed espe­cial­ly for women, the D665 includes a mir­ror under the lid and a stor­age com­part­ment.

The AM radio uses four tubes plus a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er and can oper­ate on bat­ter­ies or house­hold cur­rent (AC or DC).

The set was avail­able in four dif­fer­ent col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D717

Model D717

A four tube auto­dyne Philco clock radio which was avail­able in a brown plas­tic cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D719

Model D719

This four tube clock radio was avail­able in three col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D725

Model D725

Using the same five tube chas­sis as the D597 above, the D725 includes an inter­val timer (no clock).

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D726

Model D726

Sim­i­lar to the D719 and using the same four-tube radio chas­sis as the D579, the D726 was only avail­able in an ebony plas­tic cab­i­net.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D727

Model D727

This five tube clock radio was only avail­able in black.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D728 "Senora"

Model D728 "Senora"
Model D728 "Senora" Model D728 "Senora"

Sim­i­lar to the D727 above, the D728 was avail­able in three col­ors:

Each col­or used a dif­fer­ent grille cloth pat­tern which, accord­ing to Philco, was "inspired by the Span­ish Man­til­la."

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D730

Model D730

A five tube clock radio which was avail­able in three col­ors.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D734

Model D734

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 avail­able in the fol­low­ing col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D736

Model D736
Model D736

This Philco mod­el resem­bles a small tomb­stone radio, and is in a wood cab­i­net with a mahogany fin­ish.

The set uses five tubes and includes a clock with timer and alarm.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D737

Model D737

This clock radio includes the fea­tures of the D734 above plus a phono jack to allow a phono­graph or oth­er audio device to be played throuh the radio.

This set was only avail­able in black.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D738

Model D738
Model D738

Sim­i­lar to the D737 above, the D738 was avail­able in three col­or com­bi­na­tions:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1331

Model D1331

Rem­i­nis­cent of the old RP-1 wire­less phono­graph of 1939-1942, the D1331 has no cov­er for its met­al cab­i­net. It also was not wire­less; it has a built-in one tube ampli­fi­er (with sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er) and a small speak­er. It can play 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1333

Model D1333

Anoth­er three speed portable phono­graph, it also uses a one tube ampli­fi­er with a sele­ni­um rec­ti­fi­er.

The plas­tic cov­ered wood case was avail­able only in Gin­ger.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1335

Model D1335

This three speed portable was avail­able in four col­ors:

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1337

Model D1337 - Model D1337, open.
Model D1337 - Model D1337, closed.

This portable mod­el includes a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er, a three tube ampli­fi­er, and a 4 inch speak­er.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1339

Model D1339 - Model D1339, open.
Model D1339 - Model D1339, closed.

This mod­el uses the same three tube ampli­fi­er as the D1337 above.

It came with wrought iron legs which could be attached to the bot­tom of the cab­i­net, mak­ing this a free stand­ing set.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1344

Model D1344
Model D1344

Anoth­er three tube portable with a three speed record chang­er, this mod­el was avail­able in tan and ivory or black and ivory. It uses two 4 inch speak­ers.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1345

Model D1345

A portable radio-phono­graph with built-in Ses­sions clock. It uses five tubes and receives the AM band. The auto­mat­ic record chang­er can play 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1346 "Miss America"

Model D1346 "Miss America"

This portable phono­graph includes legs which could be fold­ed open to allow the set to be used as a self-stand­ing floor mod­el phono­graph.

It includes a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er, a three tube ampli­fi­er, and two 6 inch speak­ers.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1347

Model D1347
Model D1347

A table mod­el high fideli­ty phono­graph with an 8 inch speak­er and an elec­tro­sta­t­ic tweet­er, the D1347 also includes a 6 watt audio ampli­fi­er and a three speed auto­mat­ic record chang­er.

The cab­i­net was avail­able in mahogany or blonde.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model D1757

Model D1757

A con­sole ver­sion of the D1347, the D1757 uses a 10 inch speak­er along with an elec­tro­sta­t­ic tweet­er.

Like the D1347, the D1757 was also avail­able with mahogany or blonde fin­ish­es.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model TPA-1

Model TPA-1

Philco's first con­sumer elec­tron­ics prod­ucts to use tran­sis­tors instead of tubes, the TPA-1 and TPA-2 both include three tran­sis­tor ampli­fiers and a sin­gle speed 45 rpm phono­graph.

The unit oper­ates on bat­ter­ies.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


Model TPA-2

Model TPA-2
Model TPA-2 Model TPA-2

Sim­i­lar to the TPA-1 above, the TPA-2 was avail­able in two col­ors: red/gray or brown/tan.

Orig­i­nal sell­ing price: Unknown

Num­ber made: Unknown


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