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Tandy Corporation

The Tandy Corporation was the former name of the parent company of RadioShack Corporation, a Fort Worth-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.

RadioShack was one of the companies (along with Commodore International and Apple) that started the personal computer revolution, with their TRS-80 and "CoCo" (Color Computer) line of home computers. Later Tandy adopted the IBM PC architecture.

Tandy's IBM PC compatibles, the Tandy 2000 and Tandy 1000, were cheaper than the IBM PC and featured better sound and graphics. It was only when VGA graphics and Sound Blaster sound became common in the early 1990s that the Tandys' advanced features became obsolete.

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.

In the 1970s and 1980s Tandy operated a chain of RadioShack-style stores in Britain, but under its own name.