June 25, 1962 grand opening of McDuff Appliances, Tallahassee, Florida

It was a big day in Tallahassee — June 25, 1962 — and McDuff Appliances was having its big Grand Opening on North Monroe. Ooooooh, let’s look inside! Credit: State Archives of Florida/Slade

Inside, American ingenuity, marketing enterprise, layaway plans — and maybe even Calorics color-coordinated by Beatrice West.  (State Archives of Florida/Slade)

An old newspaper article says that Randolph Thomas and his brothers opened McDuff’s in 1944 in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1985, the company was acquired by Tandy Corporation, which grew the chain to 235 locations. About 30 McDuff locations were turned into Radio Shacks or Computer City Express stores (other Tandy companies) in 1994, and the rest of the McDuffs were shut down in 1997.   

Well, that’s a boo hoo that McDuffs were shut down after so many years. But, I bet the owners made a pretty penny from the Tandy buyout. Tandy = Radio Shack. Hey, anyone else once have a serious personal relationship with a TRS-80? Good times…

There’s a second floor, too. (State Archives of Florida/Slade)

There were appliances big, and small. (State Archives of Florida/Slade)

Don’t you wish you could take a short trip back to share the day — and to transport a truckload back to 2018?! (State Archives of Florida/Slade)


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  1. Monica says:

    Ah, the TRaSh-80…the fondest of memories. Sort of like that old boyfriend that you were so completely in to, and when you see them a few years later, you slap your forehead and shudder. “What was I thinking?!”

  2. Sandra says:

    Pam, you are not alone in having a “serious personal relationship with a TRS-80.” Here is my friend Ira’s website: http://www.trs-80.com/wordpress/

    It is the “Save the Pink Bathrooms,” of computing.

    In the upper left is a menu button. Start there. Near the bottom is a link “Personal Stories.” I laughed and cried when I read them. Written mostly by men (then younger), they describe their first love: TRS-80 computers.

    I met Ira when we worked next to each other in an office 400 miles from where I am now, but I have since met one of the guys who wrote about his “serious personal relationship” with Tandy computers on that list. It was a smaller world in the early days. Although I, myself, sold computers in the 1980’s, none was a Tandy. I did sell software for them.
    Computers age much, much, faster than appliances and furniture, and the early ones are rare and collectable.

  3. Mary Elizabeth says:

    Jeff, you mean I’m not the only one? How do you feel about Lucille Ball? I’m not a fan of either one–because of the screaming. But I might watch that movie just to see the old appliances.

  4. Mary Elizabeth says:

    She must be related to my husband’s mother, now (unfortunately) deceased. She made a scene in Sears once because they wouldn’t let her open a new account to buy an item for her son. “What EXACTLY do you MEAN the account is always in the Mr’s name? What do you think of these three store cards in MY name?” while showing them cards for much more exclusive stores.

  5. Evan Degenfelder says:

    Yes, I agree on both of these people. It’s practically un-American to say you don’t find them funny. Best to keep it to yourself, LOL.

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