The Philco Overnighter

Those gals! Can't even listen to music without touching up their lipstick!

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     Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 25, 2021
     Category: Cosmetics | Radio | Stereotypes and Cliches | 1950s | Women

3-way (ooh, er). Presumably AC, DC, and batteries. Was DC household current being used anywhere in the 1950s? With four vacuum tubes, carbon zinc batteries wouldn't last through a thorough makeup application.
Posted by ges on 01/25/21 at 10:18 AM
Mom had a portable radio from this era and at the time I saw it, it still had those carbon zinc batteries inside it, although the batteries were long dead. If you've never seen those batteries, they were like baseball bats in size, weighed about 18 ounces each and put out a lot of voltage. Something like 24 volts if I remember correctly. The good old days before the transistor was developed.

The direct current reference was probably for hooking it to a car battery in keeping with the portable aspect of the radio. Many cars didn't come equipped with radios at the time. Or record players either, but that's another subject...
Posted by KDP on 01/25/21 at 11:04 AM
The B&W TV I use to watch weather reports aboard my boat is 3-way. It plugs into the boat's 12 volt system. Since it's from the days before even NiCad's, it also can use a bunch of alkaline "C" cells – 8, I guess, to give 12 volts. The battery operation was never useful.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 01/26/21 at 01:37 PM
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