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Video Cassette Recorder (VCR) Day

Date When Celebrated : Always June 7

Back in the 1980's and 1990's, video cassette recorders were "the" recording and playback format. The VCR cassette contained magnetic tape, which you could record on and erase over and over again. Just about everyone had a VCR player. You could tape TV shows and movies on your home television, for playback later. The marketplace offered VCR cassettes with recent movies, available for purchase. VCR Day celebrates the VCR tape cassette and VCR players.

While VCR usage peaked in the 1980's and 1990's, the very first VCR available for commercial sale was released in 1956, by Ampex Corporation in the United States. It did not come into widespread use until the late 1970's. For a short period of time, the VCR format competed against the Betamax (Beta) tape format. Near the turn of the century, compact discs and DVD's arrived with better quality, and longer storage. They quickly replaced VCRs in the marketplace.

During it's heyday, VCR cassettes also were used in recording movies in home video cameras. They largely replaced long popular 8mm and Super 8mm movie film, for the average amateur user.

If you are a younger reader, ask mom and dad, or grandpa and grandma about VCRs. Chances are they have a VCR recorder, and some cassette tapes buried somewhere in their basement. You may even find that you are on some of those cassettes, recording a childhood birthday, dance recital, or graduation.

Have a happy VCR Day!!

The Origin of VCR Day:

Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. It appears to have been celebrated since around the turn of the century.

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