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145, Charing Cross Road, W.C.2. (Sept. 1938)
Philips Electrical Ltd., Century House, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 (Aug. 1954)

Philips seem to have been the only importer of televisions prior to World War 2. Despite manufacturing radios in England, televisions were manufactured at the Philips factory at Eindhoven. They demonstrated a set at the 1936 Radiolympia but it appears that this was never put into production. At the following year's Radiolympia they again showed just one set, but this time very different to most others as it used C.R.T.-based projection system to achieve a 20"x16" picture. Some sets were sold but within a few months Philips were offering to take the sets back as the CRT's were proving extremely short lived and supplies of replacements were proving difficult to obtain from Holland.

1937 - 1939

1937 Projection Model
Picture of TEL61 projection console [6K] Picture of table model 2405 [6K] Picture of console model 2407 [6K]
TEL61 2405 2407 2412
DATE MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
<=Sept37 ? C 20"x16"
Projection
4" C.R.T.
23
(+5 in the radio)
S/Het,
Upper
sideband.
Shown at the 1937 Radiolympia. Note the squarer cabinet and lack of radio as compared to later model TEL61. The book "The Setmakers" refers to a Philips projection set whose C.R.T. was extremely unreliable (as in lasting only weeks) such that Philips offered to buy the sets back. This is probably that model.
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£165
<=Sep38 TEL61 C 18" x 14½"
Projection
4" CRT
(Mullard
MS11/1)
32/33   Push button radio.
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£126
1939 2405   9"       £33 12s
2407   9"       £36 15s
?   12"       ?
2412 C 9"     Incl. radio £47 5s
2415   12"     Incl. radio £57 15s

Notes : Five "new" models were shown at the 1939 Radiolympia consisting of one table model (the 2405), two consoles (one 9", one 12") plus a further two consoles (9" and 12") which included radio units.

1946 - 1949

383A 385U 485U 492U 663A
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
47/48 563A T 9" ? + 7 (radio)   Inc. radio. Shown at the 1947 Radioympia.  
<=Sep48 383A¹ T 9"
MW22-7
MW22-14C
23   Later modified with 2 additional valves to help supress interference in fringe area.

Model 663A includes3-band 7-valve radio.
£61-14-5 £50-8-0
£11-6-5
<Sep48 663A¹ C 12"
MW31-7
MW31-14C
24 1ch
S/Het
£110-4-4 £90-0-0
£20-4-4
<=Sep49 385U T 9" 18   London and Birmingham versions.AC/DC
£50-8-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Sep49 485U C+D 12"
£79-16-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  492U T 12"
£68-5-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  683U² C+D 9"
£60-18-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  520A³ C 12" 20 + 6 (radio) S/Het 3-band radio. AC
£102-18-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Sep49 799U C 16" x 12"
Projection
    Includes radio. Philips first post-war projection model, exhibited at the year's Radiolympia.  

Note 1 : Models probably shown at the 1947 Radiolympia
Note 2 : Also released as the Mullard MTS684
Note 3 : Also released as the Mullard MTS521

1950 - 1952

1100U 1238U 1101U 1502U
1200u 1229U 1427U
6027 600A 1400A 1700A 1800A
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
~Jun50 600A T 13¾ x 10½"
Projection
25 S/Het Also available with optional stand costing £2-15-2.
£88-14-6 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Apr51 704A C 18½"x13½"
Projection
25    
£x-x-x £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Oct51 1700A C+D 16"x12"
Projection
25    
£117-12-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
~Jan51 1800A C 13¾"x10¼"
Projection
24 3ch
S/Het
Still on sale in April 1952
£96-12-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
~Jan51 1502U T 12" 19    
£61-19-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
? 1400A C+D Projection      
£136-10-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
Aug51 1100U T 12"
MW31-16
14 5ch Trader #1051
£68-5-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  1101U T 12"      
£76-13-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
<=Apr52 1200U C 12"     Also available as a fringe model.
£100-16-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  1238U T 12"      
£71-8-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
?1952? 6027 Box! 4ft x 3ft
Projection
       
?1952? 6028T Box! Projection        
  1427U C+D 14"      
£100-16-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
  1229U   12"      
£85-1-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x

1953 / 1954

1114U 1446U 1747U 1748U
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
  1427U C 14"      
£100-16-0 £56-11-0
£19-1-0
<mar54 1114U T MW36/24
12kV
19 5ch BRT,TV50,Mar54  
<mar54 1115U T  
<mar54 TG1437U C  
May54 TG1748U T 17" Rect
MW43-64
16 5ch ERT, 21Aug54
£75-12-0 £56-11-0
£19-1-0
1st July 54 1746U(F) T 17" 19 12ch Trader #1181
£81-18-0 £61-5-3
£x-x-x
1746U/45(F) 5ch
£75-12-0 £56-11-0
£19-1-0
1st Aug. 54 1446U(F) 14" 12ch
£69-6-0 £51-16-9
£x-x-x
1446U/45(F) 5ch
£63-0-0 £47-2-6
£x-x-x
1st Sep. 54 1747U(F) C 17" 12ch
£103-19-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x

1955 - 1957

1458U 1756U 1772U 2155U
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE
Sep55 1756U T 17"
MW43-64
21 12ch Trader #1288
£x-x-x £63-11-1
£x-x-x
Jan56 1757U C+D
£x-x-x £83-14-11
£x-x-x
Jan56 2157U C 21"
MW53-20
£x-x-x £100-18-10
£x-x-x
Dec55 1458U T 14"
AW36-21³
15 12ch Trader #1266
£x-x-x £49-7-0
£x-x-x
Jan56 1758U 17"
MW43-64
£x-x-x £56-16-6
£x-x-x
Aug56 1468U 14"
AW36-21³
£x-x-x £47-2-1
£x-x-x
Aug56 1778U 17"
MW43-64
£x-x-x £53-16-9
£x-x-x
Nov56 1772U T 17" 15   AC/DC
£76-13-0 £54-11-8
£22-1-4
Nov56 2155U Consolette 21"
MW53/20
15   First shown at the Radio Show but not released until the end of November.
£102-18-0 £73-5-6
£29-12-6
May57 1768U T 17" 15   BRT TV117 Mar58
ERT #118 15Jan58
Optional table for model 2168U costing £2-15-0
£76-13-0 £54-11-8
£22-1-4
Jun57 2168U 21"
£93-9-0 £xx-xx-xx
£xx-xx-xx

Note 3 : May also be an MW36-24 or MW36-44.

1958 - Onwards

Pictuure of 17TG100U table set [6K]
17TG100U
YEAR MODEL STYLE CRT VALVES RF NOTES PRICE

Aug58

1796U T 17"
AW43-80
15 (Fringe models) RR TV152 Mar60
£76-13-0 £54-11-8
£22-1-4
Aug58 2196U 21"
AW53-80
£94-10-0 £67-5-10
£27-4-2
Aug59 17TG100U T 17"
AW43-88
16 13ch TBC : Philip's first set using a 110-degree C.R.T.
£66-3-0 £49-9-7
£16-13-5
Aug59 21TG100U 21"
AW53-88
 
£82-19-0 £62-0-11
£20-18-1
Nov59 17TG200 17"
AW43-88
? As 17TG100U but modified timebase and AGC circuits.
£70-7-0 £52-12-5
£17-14-7
Aug60 17TG306U T 17"
AW43-88
    "Videomatic" automatic contrast control to adjust contrast according to room lighting levels, using a light sensitive resistor.
£66-3-0 £x-x-x
£x-x-x
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Pre-war Advert (c1938)
Link to larger view [174K]
Model 383A
Advert from January 1949
Link to larger view [78K]
1768U / 2155U / 2168U
Advert from September 1957
Link to larger view [207K]

On-line Service Data

Model(s) File Size Source
383A / 663A 1.4M Manufacturers
463A / 563A 1.2M Manufacturers
704A / 1800A 1.2M Manufacturers
TVette 2.3M Manufacturers

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