Joseph Grado, a watchmaker at Tiffany, begins making phono cartridges by hand at home in Brooklyn.
John Grado's first day at Grado at the age of 12 sweeping the floors. Joseph takes his nephew John under his wing to teach him about everything from sound to electrical engineering.
John builds the first Grado headphone. John, Loretta (his wife), and one more employee are all that make up the 3 person company. Jonathan Grado is born.