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FADA: from Italy to America and back to Naples

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Emilio Ciardiello
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18.Apr.12 20:57

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FADA was a well known American manufacturer of radio sets in Long Island, NY, from about 1930 to about the mid 1950s. But we also find a smaller FADA active in Naples, Italy, through the thirties. Obviously we could think that this was a scam to take advantage from a worldwide known brand. The story is quite different.

Francesco Antonio De Andrea, an Italian, was the founder of F.A.D.A. in America. FADA is just the acronym of its founder. Its line was distributed in Italy by SIARE, Piacenza. To avoid the expensive customs fees on foreign radio sets, SIARE was licensed to produce in Italy the American line, with the exception of the latest three models. The manufacturing was committed to ‘La Precisa’, a company of mechanical productions in Naples.

The Italian production started in 1933, covering since the beginning several models, from the 5-tube 351 up to the 9-tube 391.

Here is the full article from ‘L’Antenna’, Jan. 15, 1934.

This article was edited 18.Apr.12 21:14 by Emilio Ciardiello .

Joe Sousa
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Dear Emilio:

Thank you very much for posting this news clarifying FADA's business in Italy.

I performed OCR with ABBYY software on your scan and used the Google translator to read the text in english. See attachment for the spell-checked Italian text and the Google translation with some light editing. 

Best regards,