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Tandy Corporation is the former name of the parent company of RadioShack Corporation, a Fort Worth, Texas-based company best known for its RadioShack electronics stores. Tandy was founded in 1919 as a leather supply store. Tandy bought RadioShack in 1963. The Tandy name was dropped in May of 2000, when RadioShack Corporation was made the official name. Typical RadioShack mall store RadioShack Corporation (formerly Tandy Corporation) (NYSE: RSH) runs a chain of electronics retail stores in the United States, as well as parts of Europe and South America. ... Nickname: Cowtown Official website: ci. ... 1919 (MCMXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in May, 2000. ...


Tandy began in 1919 when two friends, Norton Hinckley and Dave L. Tandy, decided to start the Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company, which sold leather shoe parts to shoe repair shops in the Fort Worth area. Tandy's son, Charles D. Tandy, turned it into a leathercraft company when shoe rationing in World War II almost killed the business, and later expanded into selling leather and tools to make such products as wallets. After a struggle over the company, which saw the Hinckley name dropped, Tandy made another change in 1963, when it bought the ailing RadioShack (it later sold off all non-electronic business). Modern leather-working tools Leather is a material created through the tanning of hides, pelts and skins of animals, primarily cows. ... Womens shoes on display in a shop window, July 2005 A shoe is an item of footwear. ...

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Computers

RadioShack was one of the companies (along with Commodore International and Apple) that started the personal computer revolution, with their TRS-80 (1977) and TRS-80 Color Computer ("CoCo") (1980) line of home computers. Later Tandy adopted the IBM PC architecture. Tandy's IBM PC compatibles, the Tandy 1000 and Tandy 2000, were cheaper than the IBM PC and yet featured built-in, and better, sound and graphics. It was only when VGA-standard graphics cards and Sound Blaster sound cards became common in the early 1990s that the Tandys' advanced features became noncompetitive and thus obsolete. Tandy also produced software for its computers running DOS, in the form of Tandy Deskmate.[1] Tandy even produced a line of floppy disks. Commodore is the commonly used name for Commodore International, a West Chester, Pennsylvania based electronics company who was a vital player in the home/personal computer field in the 1980s. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... TRS-80 Model I. TRS-80 (also affectionately or derisively known as the Trash-80) was the designation for several lines of desktop microcomputer systems produced by the Tandy Corporation and sold through its RadioShack stores in the late-1970s and 1980s. ... 4k TRS-80 Color Computer from 1981, 26-3001 The Radio Shack TRS-80 color computer (also called Tandy Color Computer, or CoCo) was a home computer based around the Motorola 6809E processor and part of the TRS-80 line. ... The home computer is a consumer-friendly word for the second generation of microcomputers (the technical term that was previously used), entering the market in 1977 and becoming common during the 1980s. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... One of the first PCs from IBM - the IBM PC model 5150. ... A Tandy 1000 machine The Tandy 1000 was a line of more or less IBM PC compatible home computer systems produced by the Tandy Corporation for sale in its Radio Shack chain of stores. ... The Tandy 2000 was a computer which used the Intel 80186 microprocessor. ... Video Graphics Array (VGA) is a computer display standard first marketed in 1987 by IBM. VGA belongs to a family of earlier IBM video standards and largely remains backward compatible with them. ... The Sound Blaster family of sound cards was for many years the de facto standard for audio on the IBM PC compatible system platform, before PC audio became commoditized, and backward-compatibility became less of a feature. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ...


Video Information System (VIS)

Tandy produced an interactive, multimedia CD-ROM player called the Tandy Video Information System or VIS. Like the Tandy computers, it was based on the IBM PC architecture and used a version of Microsoft Windows. The Tandy Visual Information System or VIS was an interactive, multimedia CD-ROM player. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... As of 2006, Microsoft Windows is the worlds most common operating system for use on personal computers. ...


"Tandy" stores

From the 1970s Tandy operated a chain of RadioShack-style stores in Britain and Australia through its subsidiary InterTAN, under the Tandy name. In 1986, InterTAN became a separate entity though connections between them were still visible. For example, catalog number compatibility was maintained, so the same catalog number in both companies would refer to the same item. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1971 to 1980, inclusive. ... InterTAN is a Canadian consumer electronics retailer that operates stores under the banners The Source by Circuit City, Rogers Plus, Battery Plus, G-Wiz, THSstudio and UpClose. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Circuit City Stores Inc, as of May 19, 2004. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1999 the UK stores were sold to Carphone Warehouse, and over the following years have either been closed, or turned into Carphone Warehouse stores. In 2001 the Australian stores were sold to Dick Smith Electronics (DSE), a subsidiary of Woolworths Limited. A number of these stores have been closed down or rebadged as DSE stores, but around 200 still carry the Tandy name. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Logo Main office, in Acton, West London The Carphone Warehouse is (as of 2004) Europes largest mobile phone retailer, with over 1,300 stores across Europe. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Dick Smith Electronics is an Australasian electronics retailer founded in 1968 by Dick Smith. ... Woolworths Limited, or Woolies (as it is colloquially known) is a large Australian retail corporation. ...


Other retail outlets

McDuff Electronics, VideoConcepts

In 1985, Tandy acquired two chains, McDuff Electronics and VideoConcepts. Most of these stores were closed as part of a 1994 restructuring plan, with 33 converted to RadioShack or Computer City Express stores. [2] Remaining McDuff stores were closed in 1996. [3] This article is about the year. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated like the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ...


The Edge in Electronics

The Edge in Electronics, a now-defunct chain of boutique stores geared toward mall customers interested in fashionable personal and portable name brand electronics, debuted in 1990 and had 16 stores as of December 1993.


Incredible Universe

The Incredible Universe concept was Tandy's attempt to compete with other electronics giants such as Best Buy and Circuit City; the first two stores, located in Arlington, Texas and Portland, Oregon, opened in 1992. Each Incredible Universe store stocked more than 85,000 items, and the stores' sales personnel did not work on commission. Sales were below average compared to Tandy's profitable RadioShack line, and by late 1996, the company had decided to sell or close all 17 Incredible Universe stores. [4] Many Incredible Universe stores were acquired by Fry's Electronics. Incredible Universe was the name of a chain of consumer-electronics stores in the mid-90s. ... This article or section is missing needed references or citation of sources. ... Circuit City (NYSE: CC) is the second largest electronics retailer in the United States. ... Official website: http://www. ... Nickname City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown Location Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Government Country State County United States Oregon Multnomah County Mayor Tom Potter (D) Geographical characteristics Area  - City    - Land    - Water 145. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Frys Electronics store in Palo Alto Frys Electronics is a large software, consumer electronics and computer superstore chain headquartered in Silicon Valley. ...


Computer City

Computer City was a supercenter concept featuring name-brand computers, software and related products; by the end of 1993, Tandy had 40 locations, including three in Europe. The Computer City stores were later sold to CompUSA. CompUSA, Inc. ...


See also

The Tandy Center consists of two 20-story buildings in central Fort Worth, Texas. ... The Tandy Center Subway operated in Fort Worth, Texas from 1963 to 2002. ...

External links

  • Radio Shack Corporation official site

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Tandy Corporation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (653 words)
Tandy Corporation is the former name of the parent company of RadioShack Corporation, a Fort Worth, Texas-based company best known for its RadioShack electronics stores.
Tandy was founded in 1919 as a leather supply store.
Tandy's IBM PC compatibles, the Tandy 1000 and Tandy 2000, were cheaper than the IBM PC and yet featured built-in, and better, sound and graphics.
Tandy Corporation (132 words)
The Tandy Corporation was the former name of the Radio Shack[?] Corporation a Fort Worth based corporation best known for its Radio Shack electronics stores.
In the 1980s, Tandy was a leading producer of home computers sold by Radio Shack stores all around the United States.
Tandy computers were cheaper than the IBM PC and featured better sound and graphics.
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