For a number of years a 1942 Philco transistor radio was stored by a family member due to its assumed significance to a family friend. When it turned out that the radio was not historically important, and had been bought in the 90’s in a garage sale I was given the radio to “get it out of the way”. Below are before and after photos showing the original radio, and the modified radio that now plays music over a set of computer speakers stuffed into the old radio cabinet. I left the mechanics of the radio dial in place so turning the knobs moves the original radio tuner mechanism. To maintain the patina that the radio case has accrued over the past 70 years I only added a few coats of clear coat to preserve the original look.
According to philcoradio.com the specs for the original radio were:
The new 42-PT3 featured a cabinet finished entirely in photofinish; underneath that fancy-looking tiger striped pattern is a very plain white wood. The 42-PT3 uses the same chassis as the June 1941 42-PT2.
Original selling price: $22.95
Number made: 42,465