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Since childhood Philco has always been my favorite brand of radio. Since about the age of 12, I can't remember a time when I did not own a Philco radio. The main player in my radio room is a Philco 650.

Philco was originally founded in the late 1800's as the Hellos Electric Co. making electric lighting equipment. The company was renamed; Philadelphia Storage Battery Co. in the early 1900s and made batteries for electric cars. In the 1920s. Later their production switched to making batteries & home charging equipment for battery radios.

As the electric radios were fast fast becoming the new, popular technology, Philco built their first radio, an all electric model in 1928. Such radios were then called light socket powered.

With great promotional venues and a quality product at much lower prices than their competition, Philco became the industry leader in radio manufacturing by 1930! In 1939, they built their first television. For the budget minded, the Philco line of radios where among the best in quality and performance in (my opinion as well many other's) .

The Philco Radio and Television Co. and their line of radios, TVs and other home appliances came to an end in the early 1960a. That's when the company was bought out by the Ford Motor Co. A sad ending for a great American company.

Philco Firsts:

  • First in sales - and in only two years after introducing their first radio.

  • First in economy - by 1930, they sold more radios than any other brand. Philco sets performed as good as or better than other national brands, some costing much more.

  • First with Hi-Fidelity - introduced in 1935

  • First wireless remote - with the "Mystery Box" 1939

  • Built their first TV in 1939

  • First with AFC in television - 1946, did not need a fine tuning control that most TV's needed well into the 1960s.

  • First all transistor, portable Television, - 1959 Battery operated, 100% American designed, engineered and built with all American parts by Philco!

 

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