With our ever-growing technology, we now have the ability to watch pretty much any film or video at the touch of a finger. However, long before the days of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and downloadable media, we had to rush off the the nearest video rental store in order to get our hands on the newest-released blockbuster hit. There was nothing more exciting than coming home, and sliding the chunky VHS tape into the VCR – sometimes having to spend a good ten minutes rewinding it all the way back to the beginning if the previous viewer did not – and enjoy the movie.
Back then, even before the age of DVDs, everything was on VHS – including all of our home videos. Unfortunately, as the digital age progressed, and VCRs became a thing of the past, many of our treasured family memories caught on camera were placed aside, never to be seen again.
However, when one 86-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona stumbled upon some special family videos that he hadn’t watched in years – he decided to purchase an old VHS player on eBay. After he received the VCR, he was incredibly grateful, and made sure to let the seller know just how much it meant to him.
Before we had smartphones, if we wanted to capture our baby’s first steps, our kid’s piano recital, birthday party, wedding, or any special event or milestone – we had to use the good old VHS camcorder.
If you were around in the ’80s and ’90s, chances are you recall having a whole shelf or drawer dedicated to family tapes, with words scribbled on it like “Samantha’s Ballet Recital” or “John’s high school graduation.” Unfortunately, after VCR’s were discontinued and replaced by DVD players, most of these home videos got placed aside.