Tandy was one of the most important players in the early days of the homecomputer. Until 1980, they were the highest seller in computers.

The company founded in 1919 by Norton Hinckley en Dave L. Tandy. Therefor, the original company name was Tandy-Hincley. The company was a leathercompany.

In the 60s, Charles Tandy (son of Dave L. Tandy) bought the company Radio Shack to expand more to consumers and make use of the shops.

In the early 70s, Radio Shack stores also opened in Europe and Australia, albeit under the brand name Tandy.

The company expanded further and sold more electronics. In 1976 they started to develop a microcomputer. Originally intended to be a kit-form computer, but the employees didn’t think consumers would be capable of soldering a microcomputer. A complete microcomputer was made instead.

The TRS-80 was released in august 1977, the third computer in that year and the cheapest too. Since Radio Shack owned well over 3000 shops, the computer was sold easily and it became marketleader until 1980.

Tandy sold computers until early 90s. It’s entire computerdepartment was sold to AST Computers. Around the same time, all European and Australian companies would close.

In 2001, the name Tandy was dropped in favor of Radio Shack Corporation.


Tandy TRS-80 Model 100
Tandy Pocket Computer PC-6
Tandy TRS-80 Pocket Computer

Desktop Computers

Tandy TRS-80
Tandy TRS-80 Model II
Tandy TRS-80 Model III
Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer
Tandy TRS-80 Model 16B
Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 2
Tandy TRS-80 MC-10
Tandy TRS-80 Model 4
Tandy 2000
Tandy TRS-80 Model 4P
Tandy TRS-80 Model 200
Tandy 1000A
Tandy Color Computer 3
Tandy 1000EX
Tandy 1400 HD
Tandy 1000TL
Tandy 4000SX

Game Console

Radio Shack - 12 Computerized Arcade

Input devices

Tandy TRS-80 CCR-82
Tandy TRS-80 mini disk
Tandy TRS-80 CCR-81

Output devices

Tandy TRS-80 CGP-115
Radio Shack TRS-80 Plotter Printer
Radio Shack TRS-80 Daisy Wheel Printer II
Tandy TRS-80 Line Printer VIII
Radio Shack TRS-80 CGP-220