Loudspeaker type 2007 (1927) : This electromagnetic loudspeaker sometimes nicknamed "shaving-plate" or "flying saucer" is a brilliant example of creative industrial design. The motor and its paper cone is inside the smaller bakelite bowl. The larger parabolic bowl is used as a reflector. A small rotating switch on the cord enables three different impedances : 500, 1500 and 200 ohms. This loudspeaker is found in three different sizes (large : 2007, medium : 2003, small : 2015) and various colours. The 2015 seems to have existed only in plain brown .The one shown here is marbled brown and red with gold (in fact brass powder) inclusions. The patterns are always different, as the colour ingredients were incorporated in a random way. So each instance is unique...

2501 Advert for Philips valves Model 2501(1928) : The oldest Philips radio and one of their rare battery sets. The austere cabinet is metallic and covered with dark-blue pegamoïd ( something like imitation leather ). The robust mechanical and electronic construction make the radio very reliable. After 60 years spent in a cellar, this radio was still in working condition ! It is equipped with 4 valves and requires an external loudspeaker. Model 2514, similar at first sight, is much more common : it is the first mains operated Philips set. The sound clip here is an advertisement for Philips Valves, an insurance against bad reception !
Here is the special card (original size is 22 x 13,5 cm) which came with those early Philips sets, allowing the listener to take note of the many settings, allowing him to find his favourite stations again ! Here is the front and the back that you can print for writing your own settings if you possess a radio of that kind !

Chinese hats !Loudspeakers types 2016 and 2026 (1928) : Collectors have nicknamed them "Chinese hats" ! They can be hanged to the wall or laid on the table thanks to an articulated metal prop. This was the cheapest speaker of the Philips line. The moving-iron paper cone system gave satisfaction to most users, in spite of the somewhat narrow frequency response !
Here is a nice advert of the time for the 2016 : the front and the text at the back boasting its qualities : General harmony of the shape and fidelity, no polarity, no adjustment, light weight, 4 possible positions !
And here is an equally nice advert for the 2026 .

2511Model 2511 (1929) : Quite a heavy set ( 20 Kilos without the loudspeaker )! But also a high-quality radio. The 2511 is entirely mains-powered, a major technical breakthrough. The cabinet is in "vanherite" a beautiful synthetic material which does not deteriorate, specially made for Philips. The chassis is in two separate units and includes 5 valves and a lot of metal shielding. It is a TRF circuit with very simplified controls. One volume knob, one tuning knob and one band switch. The top lid gives access to the works and disconnects the mains automatically for security. The bakelite loudspeaker ( type 2115 ) is an electrodynamic permanent magnet type, both powerful and musical with a good medium and low frequency range. For the first time, people could hear the bass in jazz-bands !

930AModel 930A (1933) : This celebrated "gothic" radio is often called "Ham box" . The cabinet is not wood, but "arbolite", another specific Philips-made material. It does look like Brazilian rose-wood but has a brighter surface. The 930 A was a relatively cheap four-valve radio with a regenerative detector circuit. You had to turn up the reaction knob until the radio started to squeal, then turn it down slowly to get maximum sensitivity. The built-in loudspeaker was similar to the above-mentioned Chinese hats. The tiny dial had only a scale with numbers. But in those days there were few broadcasters and it was not difficult to tune them in !

830A Advertisements of the thirties Model 830A (1933) : Super-Inductance ( Superior TRF ! ) circuit with 5 valves. The 830 A is a better receiver than the 930 A. The cabinet is also arbolite and the shape is more elegant with the delicate vegetal loudspeaker grille The "lion's feet" are also to be noted. The set is perfectly symmetrical with two knobs only. In fact the right knob is turned for tuning and pulled/pushed for LW/MW selection. This idea of multi-purpose knobs was to culminate in 1936 with a series of "single knob" sets : Only one large knob that you had to turn, push or twist in all directions...and a nightmare for servicemen !
You can listen to a few commercials of the thirties sung by Charles Trénet and Johnny Hess : Thé des Familles, Lévitan and Brunswick.

636AModel 636A (1933) : Super Inductance with 8 valves ! A high-end radio for high-end listeners. French-polished walnut cabinet. Radios with such a rounded shape are known as "cathedral radios". But the 636 A is not a superheterodyne like most American cathedrals. It is a very sophisticated TRF circuit including anti-fading and silent tuning ( a kind of squelch ) The loudspeaker is a large electrodynamic type with a good frequency response enhanced by the closed wood cabinet. Mellow medium and deep bass...

                             Other Philips radios and accessories :

  • Loudspeaker type 2003 (1927) The intermediate size in the "flying saucers" series".
  • Loudspeaker type 2015 (1927) The smallest size in the "flying saucers" series". Single impedance. View of the back.
  • Heptagonal loudspeaker type 2115 (1929) Electrodynamic with permanent magnet.
  • Philips type 2040 (1930) electromagnétic loudspeaker.
  • Loudspeaker type 2030 (1930) Deluxe electromagnetic loudspeaker.
  • Loudspeaker type 2032 (1929) Cathedral style electromagnetic loudspeaker.
  • Loudspeaker type 2029 (1927) Heptagonal electromagnetic loudspeaker.
  • Loudspeaker type 2113 known as "The Martian" (1929) High quality electrodynamic loudspeaker with permanent magnet.
  • Philips 620 A (1933) Super-Inductance without built-in loudspeaker.
  • Philips 634 A (1933) Super-Inductance.
  • Philips 2515 (1930) Regenerative detector.
  • Philips 2517 (1931) Regenerative detector.
  • Philips 2653 Superb console. French polished walnut (1931) Bouvier Volaille collection
  • Philips 536 A (1935) known as '' Temple of Music". The two vertical scales have small backlit stars, used as indexes and tuning indicators. The star shone brighter when optimal tuning was achieved. Musicality is first class. LI>Philips 638 A Super Inductance (1934)
  • Philips 898 A Sonate (1936)
  • Philips 535 A (1935)
  • Philips 537 A (1935)
  • Philips 796 A Interlude (1936)
  • Philips Aachen D60 (1938)
  • Philips Aachen D52 (1937)
  • Philips 456 A (1936)
  • Philips 750 A (1937)
  • Philips 680 A Prelude (1939)
  • Philips 215 A Scout (1938)
  • Philips 2531 (1930) Tuned radio frequency.
  • Philips 938 A (1933) One of the earliest shortwave radios.
  • Philips 720 A (1932) Tuned radio frequency.
  • Philips V4A "Pionnier" (1936) A radio without chassis.
  • Advertising pamphlet for the V4A "Pionnier".
  • Philips 936 A (1933) Quite rare. Not to be mistaken with the much more common 930.
  • Philips 834 A (1933) Tuned radio frequency and permanent magnet electrodynamic loudspeaker.
  • Philips 824 A (1933) A fine Dutch model. Same chassis as the 834 A.
  • Philips "Arpège" 1942 with an unusual folding dial.
  • Philips 820 A (1932) A superb Dutch model. The chassis is the same as the 830 A.
  • Philips: 4 V charger type 1017 (1928).
  • Philips: battery eliminator type 3005 (1928).
  • Box of spare valves for Philips 2511. The cardboard box imitates the cabinet of the 2511.
  • Shielded loop antenna for 2511. Detail of the base.
  • Philector 4180 (1930) This plug-in increases sensitivity and selectivity. A nice little thing too...
  • Type 520A super Octode (1935)
  • 30 watts amplifier type 2822 (ca. 1935) equipped with the following tubes : E446, E406N, E407 x 2, EZ4 x 2
         Detail of the logo in the shape of the 4210 microphone.
  • Microphone type 4210 from a Philips document.
  • Philips type A446A (1940) "Concerto"
  • Philetta BF 102 U (1955). 6 different colours, but the green one is quite rare.
  • Philips Philetta B1F07A ( 60 ies ?) light yellow and brown with non symetrical shape.
  • Pocket radio type AE6570 (2001) Height 9 cm. FM stereo (with earphones) and MW. Built-in loudspeaker.
  • Pocket radio type AE6370 (2001) Height 8 cm. Slim compact design. Jewel like metal casing and old style dial. FM stereo and MW. Dynamic bass boost. Detachable belt-clip.
  • Pocket receiver type AE 3405 (1995) 12 bands FM stereo, MW, LW + 9 SW. Double frequency conversion giving excellent selectivity on short wave.
  • Penguin shaped radio type AE 1000 (2001) Height 15 cm. FM and MW. Powered by hand generator charging 2 Ni Mh batteries.
    634APhilips advertising :

  • 1934 Philips radio calendar : Featuring the 634A and a beatiful lady listening in.
  • An auto-da-fe ! How Philips promoted his radios by destroying all the obsolete radios ! (Philips magazine 1932) ! Sensitive souls, do not look !
  • Pinups ! A few Philips Girls on fine Dutch adverts ot the fifties.
  • Two other Philips adverts ( Dutch origin)
  • Radio density in France in 1933. A useful document that tells you where to find old radios.(Philips magazine).
  • Cover of a 1934 Revue Philips : Miss Paris 1934 is a wireless enthusiast ; her choice of a receiver shows her refined taste."
  • Superb enamelled plate (late 20ies) claiming "With Philips valves, you hear better and farther".
  • Philips loudspeakers always strike the right note (advert 1928)
  • Cardboard clown head for shop window display (30 ies).
  • Bill posted on a Philips radio cardboard box ( ca 1935) "Please do not mishandle me ! Keep me on my feet ".
  • Other bill posted on a Philips radio cardboard box ( ca 1935) "Do not put me upside down ! Please carry me ! Thanks .
  • Renée Saint Cyr listening to her 291 U (advertising cardboard 1949). A close-up of the same.
  • Poster for the "Dances of France" series (1950-1951).
  • Poster for the "Star Series" (1951-1952).
  • Pom-Pom Girls ( 60ies).
  • Large poster : Série Euro France 1962 : Valve and transistor radios, record players.
  • Large poster : Transistors Philips120 x 150 cm (60's)

    Old radio advertsAnd now a few commercials.... With the advent of the private stations Poste Parisien (1932) and Radio Cité (1935) advertising became an ever-increasing part of broadcasting. The style certainly sounds obsolete and makes us smile, but in those days advertising on the radio was something quite revolutionary ! Listen to an extract of the remarkable 3 CD-set devoted to the archives of pre-war private broadcasters. These rare documents have been recorded on floppy 78 rpm discs before tape-recorders appeared in studios, and they are the first ever recorded radio programs. (© Editions EPM musique 1994)

    And as a conclusion, here is an hilarious sketch by Bach & Laverne (Odeon # 238.188 around 1935) entitled "Les gaietés de la radio"  Hilarious sketch in which the announcers or Paris and Toulouse interfere with each other in a surrealistic dialogue...

    Last updated january 25 th 2004
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