This isn't one of those REALLY old models that used the equivalant of
cyanide gas instead of freon, is it? Seems I recall reading somewhere
that there was a point in time when fridges were killing people if the
thing sprunk a leak.
Philco was around independent far before being bought them...
Philco was the manufacturer of a line of high-end scientific-use
(primarily) computers in the early mainframe days along w/ their many
Your post sorta' turned the history around...you said "Ford Philco but
later on just
known as Philco.". I'm pointing out it was the other-way
'round...Philco was around for a long time <before> being purchased by
Ford, so the name of Philco was common name long before there was a
"Philco Ford" branding...I was just trying to give you some historical
Philco was sorta' like a smaller GE in those days....not <quite> as
diverse, but a major player in many areas.
A <very> brief overview which doesn't talk of the diversification beyond
the initial batteries, etc., into much more than radios, etc.
Took a little longer, but here's a link to some promotional pictures of
the Philco 2000...similar to first machine I worked on out of school.
:) The particular one had 27(!) 7-track tape drives (this was before
even drum storage, what more disks...)
I found in brief looking very little of the rest of Philco's product
lines in their heyday...
I was looking for references to the more industrial products and other
non-consumer goods, specifically. They had a pretty broad range of
industrial control equipment, etc., as well as the consumer products
I saw that reference to the Philco name/K-Mart thing in one of the links
I found--it's a licensed usage from Phillips by an off-shore,
The purchase was '62 according to one of the sources...although my
recollection was that it was later than that as I'm fairly sure it
wasn't Ford at the time I went to work in '68 for the Philco 2000 (at
least it seemed like I was working for the machine, not the other way
'round more often than not! :) )...or at least, the 'puter support group
didn't have Ford name associated w/ them until roughly your time frame
as I recollect. Of course, that's beginning to be just a while ago and
my memories are undoubtedly not what they once were... :)
This is Turtle.
How about a International Havester Gas furnace to go in your home. We installed
them up till the early 1960's. Also how about a International Havester Cooling
system and condenser unit to go with your gas furnace. You could order all your
hvac equipment at the Internationsal Havester tractor place and get your
refrigerator at the Ford Dealership.
Philco was into all the major appliances. They also made radios for use in
Ford cars. IIRC, they were bought by Ford in the late 60's or early 70's.
The name is still being used. I've seen Philco TVs in K Mart and I've seen
Philco air conditioners made by Frigidaire in their Edison NJ plant (now
This is Turtle.
i don't know what your tring to say here but G/E Corp. in Refrigerators in the
late 1940's or early 1950's or there abouts made refrigerators with SO4 as the
refrigerant in it. My Father worked on them and I was the Kid helper. I do
remember working on one refrigerator on maginolia street where the SO4 charge
was let loose in the kitchen of a customer by accident . A tubing line broke
off and my father and I run for our live to the out doors. We got to re enter
the house in about 2 hours to finish.
The last SO4 refrigerator i seen was about 12 years ago when a fellow brought it
to you to try to fix it. I done away with the SO4 50 pound drum of gas we had
about 15 years ago. We had stainless steel guages and everything we had to work
on them with was stainless steel material or rubber hoses.
I don't remember anybody getting killed with the SO4 refrigerators but Carl
Harmon spent 3 days in the hospital for breathing a vapor he was hit with he
thought you put a regular tap on it for freon and not SO4 type tap. And No it
was not amonia type refigerator for amonia if spilled out. You walk away and no
problem but SO4 if you don't run your dead.
George they did make SO4 refrigerator to use in your home years ago for I've
worked on them. Now as to what the name is for SO4 for refrigerators is , you be
the judge for we called it SO or SO4 .
Don't need to be too cautious Turtle. I don't
know, and don't care, if Philco was first
independent or first owned by Ford. And maybe the
Philco that made scientific instruments isn't even
related to the Philco that Ford owned. They might
have just bought the name.
Ford-Philco was the common name used for radios in
Fords and those car radios said Philco on them way
back when. Heck, in my garage I've got a lousy am
radio sitting on a shelf in my garage; took it out
of my 1973 F250. It says Philco. I imagine that
Ford either no longer owns Philco or sold the name
because some Ford radios just say Ford and some
have no brand on them.
Where do people come up with this crap. Old
electric refrigerators used ammonia and then they
switched to freon. And what does equivalent of
cyanide gas mean? Either they used cyanide or
they didn't. You really think anyone ever put
cyanide in a home product?
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