Can You Name These Most Famous American Companies From a Logo?

By: Kennita Leon
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The land of the free is filled with many companies, some of which have been so successful that they've opened in other countries. But do you know these companies, many of which you see every day?

Founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, the multinational technology company, Apple, was designed to produce and sell computer software and consumer electronics. Notable products from the brand include the iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV and the Mac personal computer.

This coffee house chain was established in Seattle, Washington in 1971. Despite small setbacks in the economy, the company was able to refresh its prosperity by expanding into California in the 1990’s and eventually opening chains in Tokyo and Mexico City.

After losing $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, this multinational telecommunication company was divided into two public companies: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. The company was established to design and sell wireless networking equipment inclusive of cellular transmission base solutions and signal amplifiers.

A division of American manufacturer General Motors this automobile company opened its doors on November 3, 1911, known as the Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company. The basic design of the Chevrolet's small-block V8 has remained in production since debuting in 1955.

An American clothing manufacturer specializing in sportswear and the second largest namesake of Hanes brand, Champion was established in 1919 getting its start by producing uniforms for the Michigan Wolverines and soon after, the US Military for use as exercise and physical education classes.

A brand of carbonated soda, that was originally developed in 1893 and called Brad’s Drink, until it was renamed to Pepsi-Cola in 1898 and then Pepsi in 1961. Its creator wanted to create something that was appealing and would provide aid in digestion all whiles boosting energy.

Located in Menlo-Park California, Facebook is a social media and social networking site developed by Mark Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard students. It launched on February 4, 2004. Initially, Facebook membership was restricted to only Harvard students but later on, other institutions for higher learning were granted access and gradually also high schools. Eventually, anyone who was able to claim to be at least 13 years old was able to register.

Being the second-largest discount store in the United States, second only to Walmart, is Target Corporation. This company was founded by George Dayton in 1902 and was originally called Goodfellow Dry Goods and later Dayton’s Dr. Goods Company. Target's success came as the cheap-chic player within the department store industry.

With the tagline “America’s Most Watched Network," this broadcasting television network was the first to be one of the largest radio networks in the U.S and one of the three big names in American broadcast television networks. This was the network chosen when Charlie Chaplin decided to allow the world to hear his voice after 20 years of being a mime.

With its headquarters located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this American clothing and accessories retailer that specializes in outfits for male and female college students, was established in 1977 by brothers Jerry and Mark Silverman. This company comprises of 949 American Eagle Outfitters stores and is the parent company of Aerie that has 67 side-by-side stores.

This company is one of the world’s largest package delivery enterprises. Its headquarters are located in Sandy Springs, Georgia, and it has the ability to deliver more than 15 million packages per day, to over 220 countries and serves 7.9 million customers.

This multinational financial service has a cooperative that is owned by more than 25, 000 financial institutions. Mastercard was crafted by several California banks as competition for the BankAmericard distributed by Bank of America, later to be known as Visa Inc.

Founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975, this multinational technology company specializes in developing, licensing and manufacturing computer software, personal computers and services. Its headquarters are located in Redmond, Washington.

A luxury automobile brand manufactured by General Motors and established in 1908, Buick is the first automobile maker to equip the car with overhead valve engines. The Buick brand is known for reliability and its main consumer market is China, where 80 percent of the branded vehicles are sold.

The oldest of four major professional leagues in the United States and Canada. MLB also oversees Minor League Baseball which has 240 teams in affiliation with Major League clubs.

Made by American confectionery company Mars Incorporated, Snickers consists of nougat, peanuts topped with caramel and covered in milk chocolate and was introduced to the public in 1930. The Snickers brand consists of different variations, including dark chocolate, Snickers mini, ice cream bars, Snickers with hazelnuts or almonds, Snickers peanut butter bars, Snickers with extra caramel and Snickers protein bars.

Part of the automotive industry, this American brand of cars specializes in producing sedans, sports cars, minivans, muscle cars, sport utility cars and super cars, with its main office based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. After the death of the founding brothers, John and Horace, the Dodge Brothers Company eventually fell into the hands of FCA US LLC which was formerly known as Chrysler Group LLC. The Dodge brand became the low-priced division of Chrysler.

This open software allows users to freely browse the web. It was developed by Mozilla Foundation and is available for macOS, Linux, and Windows. This application was created as an alternative to using the Mozilla Application Suite and was designed to be a standalone browser. It was released in November 2004 with successful downloads of 60 million with nine months

One of the pioneers of the internet is AOL, also known as America Online. It became one of the highly recognized brands on the web in the 1990s by providing a dial-up service for millions of Americans to access web portals, emails, instant messaging and, later on, developing into a web browser, after its purchase of Netscape.

Having its headquarters in New York City, this multinational banking and financial holding company is the largest bank in the United States and the sixth largest in the world by total assets. J.P. Morgan Chase was formed in 2000 with the merger of Chase Manhattan Corporation and J.P Morgan & Co.

A division of General Motors that specializes in luxury vehicles, the Cadillac brand was founded by William Murphy, Lemuel Bowen and Henry Leleand in August 1902 in Detroit, Michigan. Its headquarters are located in New York, New York and it serves Europe, Canada, China, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.

Founded by Calvin Klein, together with his childhood friend, Barry Schwartz, this American fashion house was established in 1968 and is currently owned by PVH. Its headquarters are located in New York City. Starting off as a youthful coats and dresses collection, Calvin Klein branched out and established its brand as a reputable fashion collection, adding pieces like blazers, sportswear, lingerie, jeans, underwear and perfume.

This division of Ford Motor Company was founded in 1917 by Henry Leland with its headquarters located in Dearborn, Michigan. Lincoln has the reputation of being a luxury vehicle and is sold primarily in North America and sales were expanded to China, South Korea and the Middle East.

An American consumer goods corporation founded on October 31, 1837, by William Proctor and James Gamble, its headquarters are located in Cincinnati, Ohio and the company primarily specializes in personal care, hygiene products, and cleaning products. Some notable brands from this company include Bounty, Crest, Tide, Always, Charmin and Pampers.

This airline company is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and was founded in 1971, beginning its operations in 1973. Rapid expansion led to the success of Federal Express in the 1980s. Introducing the handheld bar code scanner for parcel tracking revolutionized the parcel industry. With the addition of a website, Fedex.com, this gave users the ability to track packages online via the internet.

The men’s professional basketball league was founded in 1946 and comprises of 30 teams. Its headquarters are located in New York City and its players are the world’s best-paid athletes on average yearly per player. The regular season has each team playing 82 games, 41 at home and 41 away.

This multinational financial service corporation was founded in 1850 and was known as Amex. American Express gained its nationwide expansion by arranging affiliations with pre-existing express companies like Wells Fargo, steamship, and railroad companies. The Traveler’s Check was created out of frustration by J.C. Fargo who wanted a better solution than having to present a letter of credit to obtain cash anywhere except in major cities.

This subsidiary of the Italian company, Luxottica, is based in Lake Forest, California and operates as a sunglasses, clothing and sports equipment company. Oakley was founded in 1975 by Jim Jannard and holds almost 600 patents for performance gear and eyewear. Most of the gear that Oakley produces is designed after extensive input from athletes. This brand also serves the U.S military and law enforcement by providing U.S. Standard eyewear protection

Operating as a free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia is the largest portal offering reference work on the internet. Wikipedia was created by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and is available in 299 languages. It was first launched on January 15, 2001, and ranks as the fifth most popular website. Wikipedia has faced some backlash with some users criticizing it for mixing truths with half-truths and exhibiting bias on subjects and producing manipulation and spins on controversial topics.

Owned by Verizon Communications, this web service provider was founded in 1994 by Jerry Yang and David Filo and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Yahoo was a pioneer in the early days of the Internet. It provided services like Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Answers.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration operates as an independent branch of the United States federal government. This agency was formed in 1958 and has made many space exploration efforts, including the Apollo moon landing missions, the Skylab Space Station and the Space Shuttle program.

Headquartered in New York City , this financial service company was founded to provide investors with the ability to buy and sell stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Current operations include 30 branches and 3,601 employees.

With its headquarters located in Whitacre Tower in downtown Dallas, Texas, this multinational telecommunication company was founded in 1983. AT&T holds many accolades, including being the second-largest company in Texas. It is also the largest telecommunications company in the world by revenue and is ranked as the 4th most valuable brand by Brand Finance.

This web browser was developed by Apple and was first released in 2003. Safari is seen as a pioneer in the standard HTML 5 feature. However, it has come under fire for not being able to cope with the changing modern web standards. A Windows version of this web browser was available between 2007 - 2012 but it was discontinued.

Starting operations as a crop dusting company, this company was founded on May 30, 1924. This distinguished U.S. airline now operates over 5,400 flights on a daily basis and serves 54 countries and 319 destinations. Delta Airlines is headquartered in Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta, and is the sixth oldest operating airline and the oldest still operational in the United States.

This brand of basketball shoes was created for professional basketball player Michael Jordan. The original was created in 1984 and designed by Peter Moore, Tinker Hatfield, and Bruce Kilgore. Parent company, Nike, has come under fire for the working conditions that laborers go through at Air Jordan factories. However, Nike owns none of the factories and contracts the work from the factory owners.

This magazine is geared towards men’s lifestyle and entertainment and was founded in Chicago by Hugh Hefner in 1953. The magazine gained popularity for its centerfold of semi-nude to nude women. It also features short stories by notable authors, full-page color cartoons and reviews of notable public figures like architects, politicians and athletes.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, American Airlines is the world’s largest airline. The company started operations on June 25, 1936, and is a founding member of the Oneworld Alliance. This organization is a union of more than eighty airlines coming together. American Airlines operates out of ten hubs namely: Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Chicago-O’Hare, Miami, Washington, DC-National, Los Angeles, New York La Guardia and New York- JFK.

This is an American entertainment company with its headquarters in Burbank, California. It is a division of Time Warner and is known as one of the ‘Big Six’ major film studios in America. Warner Brothers got is name form the four founding brothers of the company: Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack.

An American-based video sharing website that has its headquarters in San Bruno, California. YouTube was created by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawad Karim and was purchased by Google in November 2006 for US $1.65 billion. It is now operational as one of Google’s subsidiaries.

This multinational pizza restaurant chain was founded in 1960 by James Monaghan and Tom Monaghan and has its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The two brothers started the business off by purchasing the small pizza store known as DomiNick’s and eventually were able to expand to three locations with Tom doing most of the work while James sold his half of the business to acquire the Volkswagen Beetle that was used for deliveries.

Headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, this American English-language commercial broadcast television network is known for its Peacock logo and is sometimes referred to as the Peacock Network. NBC makes up part of the three big television networks. It was founded in 1956 by the Radio Corporation of America.

A multinational conglomerate that specializes in Aviation, Global Research, Energy Connections, Lighting, Oil, Healthcare, Transportation, Gas, Power and Renewable Energy and inclusive of capital that is geared towards Financial services, Life Science, Pharmaceutical, and Engineering industries.

Providing upscale clothing for young men and women, this brand was founded by David T Abercrombie, Mike Jeffries, and Ezra Fitch. Its headquarters are located in New Albany, Ohio. Abercrombie and Fitch is a retail brand that serves customers worldwide and it is notable as a brand that uses models as customer service representatives.

An American comic book publisher and a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., DC Comics was founded in 1934 by Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson. It is known as the largest and oldest American comic book company and has created heroic characters like Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and The Green Arrow.

This is the largest airline in Hawaii and has a 49 fleet operation that travels to 28 destinations. This airline operates flights to New Zealand, Asia, Australia and United States mainland. The reputation of Hawaiian airlines is impeccable, having never had a fatal accident or hull loss in its history. The airline usually tops the on-time carrier list of the United States and it has few cancellations, baggage issues and over sales, ensuring that it captures the Best Carrier Serving Hawaii distinction by Travel + Leisure.

This corporation engages in the development, manufacturing, and sales of apparel, accessories, services, and footwear and is the world’s largest supplier of sport athletic apparel and footwear. Founded in 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, this multinational corporation has 62,600 employees worldwide. The name Nike was adopted from the Greek goddess of victory and the logo is the swoosh symbol with the tagline, ‘Just Do It.'

Located in Palo Alto, California, this American multinational information technology company has developed a wide range of hardware parts as well as software programs. It provides related services to small to medium size business and individuals as well as large corporations. HP became the world’s leading PC manufacturer in 2007, eventually becoming second to Lenovo.

An American fast food restaurant chain that has its headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, KFC is second in the world only to Mc Donalds as the largest restaurant chain. It specializes in fried chicken and the menu features burgers, zingers, combos , drinks and sides.

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