Philco Model 19LZ (Lazyboy) Chairside Radio (1933)
This neat little 19LZ chairside radio was introduced in
Jan of 1933 as one of Philco's new series of "Lazyboy"
models. The original list price was $65.
The 19LZ was one of several end-table sets (as they
were then called) introduced by Philco at the time.
However, unlike the other models, which used remote
loudspeaker cabinets with inclined sounding boards
and were heralded by Philco as being "an amazing
new radio discovery" (see ad here), the 19LZ has its
loudspeaker built into the front left of the tuning cab-
inet. I find it curious that when the set is placed beside
an easy chair and operated by a person seated there-
in, the speaker faces the chair, which muffles the
sound. Perhaps this explains why so very few of this
model were ever sold!
With the lid closed, the set looks the same viewed from
either the front or the rear.
The ads at the foot of this column were clipped from
newspapers dating from January of 1933. As well as
the 19LZ, Philco also made a version of this set with
the same tuning cabinet but with a remote speaker,
called the model 19LZX. Other "Lazy" models intro-
duced that January were the 14LZX and 91RX.
My 19LZ uses the single band 6-tube model 19 cha-
ssis, which apart from the addition of a shadowmeter,
was also initially used for the model 89. The schem-
atic may be found here. My chassis uses a four-point
tone control instead of the two-point control shown on
the schematic. Whereas this looks factory original, it's
possible it was a retrofit made at some point during
the radio's early life. The chassis as found also has a
standard modification made to improve reliability of
the autodyne oscillator circuit - the cathode resistor
(R10) for the type 36 tetrode was at some point chan-
ged from 15k Ohms to 10k Ohms.
I purchased this radio several years ago through an
ad in Antique Radio Classified. It had been stripped
of its finish and was in need of repairs to the grille
and some veneer work. I did the cabinet work over
the summer of 2009 and restored the electronics
during the fall. The finish is a little darker than I might
have hoped, perhaps due to my slightly over enthus-
iastic application of toner while the radio was situated
outdoors in bright sunlight, but, setting that thought
aside, overall I'm very happy with the result.
Note in the "looking up" view to the right that I mist-
akenly used uncut cardboad to mount the grille cloth
at the set's rear (facing down in the photo). There
should in fact be cut-outs, as on the front of the set,
to allow sound to escape and for ventilation!
Enjoy Radio the Lazy Way! The Laziest Radio in the World!
View Looking up into the radio from the floor
Jan 15th 1933, Bluefield
Jan 20th 1933,
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