Philco Model 570 Grandfather Clock Radio (1931)
The Philco model 570 grandfather
clock radio was, as best as I can tell
from early Philco advertising, intro-
duced in November of 1931, just in
time for Christmas. It was especially
heavily advertised during December,
when it (along with each of Philco's
other offerings) was suggested as
"the gift supreme". It was described as
an "authentic reproduction of a fine old
grandfather's clock" and also as an
"exceptionally beautiful model, designed
as a piece of furniture".
The cabinet was advertised as being
"designed on famous colonial lines" and
was offered in either a hand-rubbed
brown mahogany finish, or in black
American walnut with a special satin
finish. Both had a "carved maple scroll
top". My set has the mahogany finish.
The 570's list price for Christmas of
1931 was $89.50, complete with
The model 570 incorporates Philco's
7-tube Balanced Superheterodyne
chassis, also used in the model 70
Baby Grand. Like my model 70, this
radio has the type I chassis, without
|The gift supreme!...exceptionally beautiful model,
designed as a piece of furniture.
..stands 5' 11" high.
|The newest radio! A Grandfather Electric Clock, combined with a
Philco 7-tube superhet.