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The company was started as Radio Shack in 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, by two brothers, Theodore and Milton Deutschmann, who wanted to provide equipment for the cutting-edge field of amateur, or ham, radio. Theodore and Milton Deutschmann opened a one-store retail and mail-order operation in the heart of downtown Boston. They chose the name, "Radio Shack", which was a term for the small, wooden structure that housed a ship's radio equipment. The Deutschmanns thought the name was appropriate for a store that would supply the needs of radio officers aboard ships, as well as "ham" radio operators.

The company issued its first catalog in the early 1940s and then entered the high-fidelity music market. In 1954, Radio Shack began selling its own private-label products under the brand name Realist, but was subsequently sued and consequently changed the brand name to Realistic. After expanding to nine stores plus an extensive mail-order business, the company fell on hard times in the 1960s. Radio Shack was essentially bankrupt, but Charles Tandy saw the potential of Radio Shack and retail consumer electronics and bought the company for $300,000.

 
 TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model ITandy 1000 HX Personal ComputerTandy 1000 Professional computerTandy 102 Portable Computer
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model I
 
Tandy 1000 HX Personal Computer
 
Tandy 1000 Professional computer
 
Tandy 102 Portable Computer
 
Tandy 1100FD Laptop ComputerTandy Multi-Pak Interface for the colour computer 2Tandy Portable Wordprocessor WP-2Tandy TRS-80 Model IV
Tandy 1100FD Laptop Computer
 
Tandy Multi-Pak Interface for the colour computer 2
 
Tandy Portable Wordprocessor WP-2
 
Tandy TRS-80 Model IV
 
TRS-80  Microcomputer System  Model 1 Level 1TRS-80 Colour Computer 2TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color ComputerTRS-80 Microcomputer System Model I 16k Level II
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model 1 Level 1
 
TRS-80 Colour Computer 2
 
TRS-80 MC-10 Micro Color Computer
 
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model I 16k Level II
 
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model IITRS-80 Microcomputer System Model IIITRS-80 Model 100 Portable ComputerTRS-80 Model 102 Portable Computer
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model II
 
TRS-80 Microcomputer System Model III
 
TRS-80 Model 100 Portable Computer
 
TRS-80 Model 102 Portable Computer
 
TRS-80 Pocket Computer PC-1
TRS-80 Pocket Computer PC-1
 
 
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