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1964 Philco Dealer Promos
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Post# 1081280   7/16/2020 at 15:58 (978 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Mostly television, console stereos, radios.† Forward to 37:00 for more on appliances.

Post# 1081299 , Reply# 1   7/16/2020 at 18:50 (978 days old) by sprog (Boston)        
wow times have changed

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Brought me back to my childhood... flashes of Walt Disney speaking from his desk, Marlin Perkins chasing some animals in a chopper, The Beatles running. How about that Porsche 356 (44:48) used to sell TVs. Very cool.

Post# 1081361 , Reply# 2   7/17/2020 at 09:37 (977 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Sure does!

My uncle was a quality control person for Ford Rouge, then Lima Ohio engine, Windsor, and Clevlenad, depending upon problems that arose. He bought Philco TV's for the discount, but after my aunt didn't care for their first Philco washer, they were Loyal to her brother who was an exclusive Whirlpool dealer. Only Fords in the driveway though.

Post# 1081428 , Reply# 3   7/17/2020 at 18:24 (977 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I really enjoyed this long video. As a department store chain TV/Stereo buyer, this was well before my time. The vendors I worked with like RCA, Zenith and Magnavox would have meetings at their San Francisco offices but I didn't mix with other retailers and was never supposed to be seen with my biggest competitor, Macy's California. The reps always came to you and because the lines they had were in high demand, the salespeople didn't have much to do except take you to expensive SF restaurants for lunch. Prior to my promotion I ate at Woolworth's across the street from the cable car turnaround. Life was good. And with Sony, the demand for their stuff was so high that the rep was just an order taker. You took as much as you could get. The largest screen size they made was their new 19" Trinitron, and the wait for the 19" remote set took months. This was in the later part of the 1970's and people were crazy for Sony. Oddly enough, when we brought in brands like Hitachi, the buying office received mail that was almost like death-threats accusing us of being traitors. WWII had ended almost 35 years ago!


After watching this I went out in the garage and sat in my 1965 Buick and said "are we really that old"? I guess we are since I'm 15 years older than the car tongue-out

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Post# 1081432 , Reply# 4   7/17/2020 at 18:44 (977 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Well now youíre going to have to show off the Ď65 Buick.

Post# 1081440 , Reply# 5   7/17/2020 at 19:23 (977 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
Melvin (I like that name)...

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My car's been seen here several times (yawn) and this post's topic is not about cars, but I'll post this for you. It's hard to realize how long ago 1965 was. And no, neither of those young guys behind the car is me.

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Post# 1081443 , Reply# 6   7/17/2020 at 19:29 (977 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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Thanks for posting the picture. I didnít mean to get off topic but had to see the car. Itís a real beauty!

Post# 1081513 , Reply# 7   7/18/2020 at 12:29 (976 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

those were the days Joe! I always wondered, as Wards, and Sears were both Chicago based, did either Admiral, Motorola, or Zenith which also were, make their audio, and tv sets? Or was it also and or Emerson, RCA, or Sylvania?
By the late 70's, Sharp was maing them for Sears. Other stores were carying the name brands, also MGA Mitsubishi, Panasonic, and Sony. Magnavox was imorting a lot from Japan then. You couls always tell one by the unique to Magnavox picture tube.

Post# 1081528 , Reply# 8   7/18/2020 at 16:39 (976 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        
That Wildcat is fabulous!

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And the funny thing about it - so YUGE - we thought nothing about at the time.  It was simply a 'full-sized' car with bucket seats and an operating console.  She's a beauty!


I was looking at a Junior HS annual the other evening (1965-1966) and in it there's an interior shot of someone's (a teacher, I think) Riveria, an impressive automobile for sure.


Thanks for sharing the Wildcat.



Post# 1081583 , Reply# 9   7/19/2020 at 07:38 (975 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Sears dealt with a company called Warwick for their audio/video; they brought in some of the first Japanese imports from Toshiba in the mid -60s, and Delmonico. There's a fun museum/website should you be in Columbus...we went down in January over MLK Weekend and really enjoyed it.


Post# 1081624 , Reply# 10   7/19/2020 at 13:33 (975 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Warwick Electronics

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Was owned by RCA Whirlpool and WP was partly controlled by Sears, WWE built most Sears TVs, Radios, Stereos from 1960 [ maybe earlier ] through most of the 70s. They built some pretty innovative and good products during that time frame.


John L.

Post# 1081645 , Reply# 11   7/19/2020 at 16:38 (975 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, Thereīs a Lady on Stage)        

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Marriage between Sears and Warwick Electronics was not totally a happy one. Indeed there was much disharmony between Sears and their manufacturer suppliers by 1980's. Much of it ended in woe and misery for the latter.

However it was selling off Warwick Electronics to the Japanese (Sanyo) that was the making of company.

Post# 1081659 , Reply# 12   7/19/2020 at 18:10 (975 days old) by kenwashesmonday (Carlstadt, NJ)        

Sears Silvertone Color TVs of the 1960s that were built by Warwick were mostly based on the RCA chassis, but not quite the same, and certainly not with the same quality.  When Sears dumped Warwick built TVs, they bought most sets from Sanyo.  The Sanyo sets were a huge improvement.  The only thing the Warwick-built TV sets were good for was to keep servicemen busy.

Post# 1081720 , Reply# 13   7/20/2020 at 11:33 (974 days old) by jamiel (Detroit, Michigan)        

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Bringing this back to Philco...did they only have the three plants (Fairfield, IA and South Bend for laundry and stove and Philadelphia for refrigerator/electronics)? Any idea of the location of their electronics plant?

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