Friday, October 21, 2011

The Tape of Good Hope

Just a couple of graphically-interesting artifacts for this post.

First up is this "Quadrasonic" cassette, which, since it's blank, can hardly claim to be quad.
[I suppose that it's quad in the same way that today we see headphones that are "digital ready."]

Great graphics, though.

Next up is a classic Sony design, in the mid-century Modern red and black palette.

Unfortunately, the cassette inside didn't match the Sony j-card, but it was this fab orange/green/reflective silver ensemble from Soundcraft:

Here comes Ampex with a very staid, nee professional design:

It's nice that they left the choice of designating sides up to you, the recording professional.

Lebotone wanted you to share your recordings, so they thoughtfully enclosed the (very cheap) tape inside an easily-addressable cardboard shipping box:

A nice touch is the hub-locking insert, to keep the reels from loosening during shipment.

Saving the best for last, here's the Pop brand:

The case matched:

The scans really don't do justice to the Pop cassette colors.

Note: If you are a cassette collector (and I know there are many of you out there) and you're interested in obtaining any of these, contact me through the comments.



Blogger shrubbery said...

Lebotone tapes... wow, do I remember these. We used to have to rewind them using pencils. The brand was a big joke among us teenagers who got our first cassette recorders for Christmas one year.

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