Saturday, 7 January 2012

RIP VHS


I've been recording films on VHS since the early 1980s. As the technology at the time was new and expensive, my parents rented out our first top-loading VCR from Granada, a now defunct chain of TV suppliers. This was a time when video formats were still fighting for dominance between VHS and Betamax, when film rental stores doubled-up on their collections to cater for both. It was also a time of so-called 'video nasties' and tape piracy (the first pirate video I saw was ET, months before it was released in UK cinemas)

Last week, after 30 years, I finally decided to throw all of my tapes away. I no longer own a VCR that works properly, and I can't remember the last time I watched a film in this format. Bidding a fond farewell to the collection allowed a final wallow in nostalgia as I reacquainted myself with what I'd recorded over the years. To see a closer look at the tape labels and the films / programmes that I recorded, click HERE

And amongst all the tapes were a wonderful selection of boxes. Here are a token number of different manufacturers and versions collected over the years


3 comments:

  1. :( oh noes. I got one of those cool hybrid vcr +tvs but I haven't used mine in a long time too.

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  2. I've got one of those too, but sadly the collection had to go. But on a happy note, I saved some of the tapes for nostalgia!

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  3. Hi,

    I'm a french young writter and I'm working about the 90's culture.

    Could I use one of your pics to illustrate an article about the "VHS" ?

    Thanks

    bkaspro@yahoo.fr

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