The International Radio Corporation was founded in 1931 in Ann Arbor by Charles Verschoor. It manufactured a line of compact radios with plastic cases called the Kadette. In 1939 the company sold its radio product line to W. Keene Jackson, who formed a new Kadette Radio Corp..

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Years before Argus revolutionized amateur photography in America with its popular and inexpensive line of 35mm cameras, the firm’s predecessors produced and marketed inexpensive and innovative radio receivers called Kadettes and Arborphones as well as cutting-edge accessories. Just as Argus was a pioneer in the world of consumer photography, International Radio Corporation, Cavac and their affiliates were pioneers in consumer radio products.

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