National VCR Day is observed annually on June 7th.  Do you still own a VCR player or do you know someone who does? Many young people do not know what a VCR player or a VCR tape is.  National VCR Day is dedicated to the video cassette recorder (VCR). In their time, they were a marvel of technology!

The video cassette recorder is an electro-mechanical device that records analog audio and analog video from television on a removable, magnetic tape videocassette.  The images and sound can then be played back at a more convenient time. At the time, the VCR was the main way to watch movies at home, and one could create their own personal movie library.

The first video cassette recorder was introduced in 1956.  The home video cassette format (VCR) was developed in 1970.

The birth of VCR mass market success boomed in the mid-1970s and continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Over 10 billion videotapes remain today with our recorded memories.  These memories are keepsakes and people keep the tapes for that reason.  It is important to move those memories to a more stable format to preserve them.  Companies like Zoovio, Inc., provide options for both getting them converted to a DVD or stored in an online private vault online to be viewed and shared on internet connected devices including TVs.


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