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89B (89, 89A) Version 1

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89B ; Philco, Philadelphia (ID = 55432) Radio
Philco, Philadelphia: 89B [Radio] ID = 55432 591x700
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For model 89B (89, 89A) Version 1, Philco, Philadelphia Stg. Batt. Co.; USA:
Model 89 had several variations. This model (chassis code 121) has broadcast band only, and the front of the cabinet has a recessed center panel.
Country:  United States of America (USA)
Manufacturer / Brand:  Philco, Philadelphia Stg. Batt. Co.; USA
Year: 1933/1933 Category: Broadcast Receiver - or past WW2 Tuner
Valves / Tubes 6: 44 36 44 75 42 80
Main principle Superhet with RF-stage; ZF/IF 260 kHz
Wave bands Broadcast only (MW).
Power type and voltage Alternating Current supply (AC) / 115 Volt
Loudspeaker Electro Magnetic Dynamic LS (moving-coil with field excitation coil)
Power out
from Model: 89B [Version 1] - Philco, Philadelphia Stg. Batt
Material Wooden case
Shape Table-Cathedral-Type (upright, round top or gothic arch, not rounded edges only).
Dimensions (WHD) 13 x 16.3 x 9.8 inch / 330 x 414 x 249 mm
Notes The model 89 series, which was probably Philco's longest-lived model series, includes five versions of the 89B cathedral, three versions of the 89L lowboy, the 89F floor-type console, and the 89LZ chairside with built-in speaker.

Version 1 (1933) of the 89B is a single band radio and has a cabinet similar to model 19B, with front moldings and recessed panel. Version 2 (1933) is also single band, but with a simpler flat-front cabinet with speaker grill similar to version 1. Version 3 (1933-34) has a cabinet similar to version 2, but adds a second band (1.5 - 3.2 MHz). Version 4 (1934-35) has a new style flat-front cabinet with an oval speaker grille with a webbed pattern. Version 5 (1936) has a flat-front cabinet with a continuous arch shape from the base and vertical bars through the speaker grill.

For the 89L lowboy, the early version (1933) is a single band radio and the cabinet has four narrow vertical bars through the speaker grill, along with other embellishment. The middle version(1933-34) has the same cabinet, but with two bands. The late version (1934-35) has a new cabinet design with a central vertical bar through the speaker grill and other embellishment.

The 89F floor-type console (1935) has a tulip-pattern speaker grill and two bands.

The 89LZ chairside is a single band radio and its cabinet is similar to that of the model 19LZ chairside. Although the 89LZ chairside is not yet cataloged by Ramirez, pictures posted here verify its existence.

The model 89 chassis is similar to model 19, but without shadow meter. The standard 89 chassis is for 50-60 Hz power, while chassis marked as 89A (the -A suffix not to be confused with cabinet suffixes for the main model number) are for 25-40 Hz. Early runs of the code 121 chassis are single band, while later runs of 121, as well as codes 123 and 126, have two bands.

The mixer tube changed from type 36 in early models to type 77 in later models, although the date of the change is not clear.

Two Philco schematics (also included in Rider vols. 3 and 7) are available -- one for the early version of code 121 with a single band, and one for code 123 from 1936 with two bands and the updated 77 mixer tube.
Price in first year of sale 30.00 $
Collectors' prices  
External source of data E. Erb 3-907007-36-0
Circuit diagram reference Rider's Perpetual, Volume 3 = 1933 and before
Mentioned in Philco Radio 1928-1942 (Die «Thali Schemasammlung» führt das Modell)
Literature/Schematics (1) Philco 1928-36 Wiring Diagrams, Parts Lists, and Essential Service Data

All listed radios etc. from Philco, Philadelphia Stg. Batt. Co.; USA
Here you find 3594 models, 2014 with images and 2924 with schematics for wireless sets etc. In French: TSF for Télégraphie sans fil.


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Philco, Philadelphia: 89B
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PHILCO MOD. 89 Code 121
Júlio Branco


I acquired there is little time an I radio Philco Model 89 code 121 (Cathedral). This radio didn't bring the back cover. Does my doubt consist in the following: will it be that of origin comes without back cover? Can anybody help myself? In the case of having cover would be possible they send an image of her for me to manufacture an inside of the originality?


Julio Branco, in Portugal
Konrad Birkner † 12.08.2014
  2 Yes, one of the photos was of model 84. We have moved it accordingly. Both Models, 84 and 89 (and numerous others of Philco) look and often even are different depending on the year of manufacture. Currently I cannot tell the meaning of the figure 121 (there was also a 122 and a 123 for models 89 and 19), which could reflect a cabinet style, but that is my suspicion only.

Please upload Your Model Photo(s) to 89 (if the knob/dial arrangement is the same as in our photo).

The Philco cathedrals and tombstones I have seen did not have a back. Has Yours a Fahnestock clip for the antenna on top of the chassis?. That is an indication for me that there was no back.

Mario Coelho
  3 Hallo.

About these Philco codes You can see:

Best Regards

Ernst Erb
  4 According to that page the Philco 89 Code 121 uses the following tubes:
36, 75, 44, 44, 42 and 80. Same as model 19, 26 and 27. But Konrad has already cleared the model and I added code 121 plus some details in the notes. Now the model here is ready for upload of pictures and for adding measurements etc. Thank you. 
Júlio Branco

Hello Mr. Konrad,


Thank you goes his information it was pays off useful and explanatory. Attn this team I don't have in my residence radio it alone that it can take the picture and to send. But I can guarantee that he have two clips type Fahnestock in chassis, one to connection to the external antenna and other to connection ground. The tubes that his use is: 2x44, 36, 75, 42 and 80. Was concluded like this that the radio already eat from origin without the back cover. On these next days, I promise that I send the respective picture to confirm this whole change of ideas.

Once again thank you for his help,

Júlio Branco
Júlio Branco

Hello Mr. Konrad,


Before lives I want to thank the participation of all in this forum.

The  promised here i going the picture of the label that Philco Model 89, and the they can verify he have the code 121. His With four knobs.

It goes them the back cover, I already found out directly in the site of the Philco, they informed me that these radios in the height that they were manufactured entered in the market without the back cover.




 Philco 89 Code 121, with four knob's



Thank you goes your collaboration,

 Julio Branco

Philco, Philadelphia: 89B
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