Admiral is an American appliance brand currently manufactured by Whirlpool Corporation.
Ross Siragusa founded Continental Radio and Television Corp. as a maker of consumer electronics (radios and phonographs) in Chicago during 1934. This later became Admiral Corp. Its annual sales were about $2 million. Admiral supplied the US military with electronic equipment during World War II, and was one of the major TV manufacturers in the early era of that medium, enabling it to branch out into major appliances such as refrigerators by the 1950s. During World War II, Admiral was the weekly sponsor of the CBS Radio Network Sunday news program, "World News Today", and Admiral used the promotional slogan "America's Smart Set". Annual sales approached $300 million and the company employed 8,500 people by the early 1960s. more