1977 JVC VHS Systems

The Video Home System (better known by its abbreviation VHS) is a consumer-level analog recording videotape-based cassette standard developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC).

The 1970s was a period when video recording became a major contributor to the television industry. Like many other technological innovations, each of several companies made an attempt to produce a television recording standard that the majority of the world would embrace. At the peak of it all, the home video industry was caught up in a series of videotape format wars. Two of the formats, VHS and Betamax, received the most media exposure. VHS would eventually win the war of, and therefore succeed as the dominant home video format, lasting throughout the tape format period.

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1977 British Relay

Advert from 1977 for the British TV rental company ‘British Relay’.

This advert on the right is originally from the Glasgow Herald (November 1969) promotes British Relay (prominant in many Ayrshire towns) as a source of rented TV. The first regular colour broadcasts in Europe began on BBC2 1st July 1967 followed by BBC1 and ITV in 1969.  As well as renting televisions, British Relay provided a cable service of TV and radio signals.

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1975 Kodak Electra Cameras

Eastman Kodak Company, commonly known as Kodak, is an American multinational imaging and photographic equipment, materials and services company headquartered in Rochester, New York, United States and incorporated in New Jersey. It was founded by George Eastman in 1889.

Kodak is best known for photographic film products. During most of the 20th century Kodak held a dominant position in photographic film, and in 1976 had a 90% market share of photographic film sales in the United States. The company’s ubiquity was such that its tagline “Kodak moment” entered common lexicon as a personal event that demanded to be recorded for posterity.

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1975 Dixons Sale

Dixons Retail plc  is one of the largest British consumer electronics retailers in Europe. The company operates Dixons.co.uk as well as Dixons Travel, Currys, Currys.digital, PC World, Equanet and Electro World stores along with many other brands across Europe, including Pixmania and Advent Computers.

The company, formerly known as Dixons plc and later DSG International plc, specialises in selling mass-market technology consumer electronics products, audio-video equipment, PCs, small and large domestic appliances, photographic equipment, communication products and related financial and after sales services (e.g. extended service agreements). They also sell other products and services, electrical products, spares, repairs, mobile services, online digital photo processing, pre-recorded media and childcare equipment.

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1975 Black & Decker Jig Saw

Black & Decker Corporation is a corporation based in Towson, Maryland, United States, that designs and imports power tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement products, and technology based fastening systems. On March 12, 2010, Black & Decker merged with Stanley Works to become Stanley Black & Decker, and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of that company.

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1978 Stylophone featuring Rolf Harris

The Stylophone is a miniature analog stylus-operated synthesizer invented in 1967 by Brian Jarvis and going into production in 1968. It consists of a metalkeyboard played by touching it with a stylus — each note being connected to a voltage-controlled oscillator via a different-value resistor – thus closing a circuit. The only other controls were a power switch and a vibrato control on the front panel beside the keyboard, and a tuning control on the rear. Some three million Stylophones were sold, mostly as children’s toys.

The Stylophone was available in three variants: standard, bass and treble, the standard one being by far the most common. There was also a larger version called the 350S with more notes on the keyboard, various voices, a novel ‘wah-wah’ effect that was controlled by moving one’s hand over a photo-sensor, and two styluses.

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