antique help please

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Godsgrl, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    The other day I was browsing an antique store, and saw something I haven't seen in many many years. It was a video player that ( I believe) came out before VCRs did. The video you put in was HUGE!! It was square in shape, flat, and at least the size of a record, if not bigger. You put it in like a vcr tape, into the machine, which looked like a vcr.

    I have a couple of pics, but they aren't very good. So I will wait on those to see if anyone knows what I am trying to describe here. I'd like to know what they are called, and Google isn't helping much. Thank you!
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    My first thought was BetaMax, but they weren't that big. Next thought is a laser disk player?
  3. Chic-n-farmer

    Chic-n-farmer Showers of Blessings

    Sounds like a Laser Disk, I remember renting one....... back in 1985!! That makes me ancient! [​IMG]
  4. Spookwriter

    Spookwriter Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 23, 2010
    Laser Disk is the first "early" version that comes to my mind.
    Late 70's early 80's stuff. There were a few different versions
    by different companys, but about all the same. Played a large
    flat silver record-like disc.

    Memory tells me there was a commercial-use version of the VHS
    style player that played a larger than home-use video tape. New
    car dealers in the early 80's had them? Big bulky machine that set
    in the showrooms.

    Then came the VHS days? I think...

    But I also remember eight-tracks in cars. And before that...we all had
    to buy little FM converter things that went in the cigar lighter.

    And in the didn't even COME with a radio. None at all.
    Back in the day, options included radio, heater(yes, the heater), wipers
    were a useful option. Carpet & headliner were options also. Along with
    rear bumpers on trucks. Oh...and seatbelts...they were an option until
    about 1968-69 if I remember right. Along with cigar lighters and interior

    And BTY...those weren't antiques when we bought them.
  5. GarlicEater

    GarlicEater Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Gilroy, CA
    It sounds like a laser disk. The disks were like a huge CD and came in a big flat box like an LP record.
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Here I thought you were looking for assistance from me. [​IMG]
  7. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays

    Quote:And for an extra coupe of dollars you could get a nice clear glass vase for a flower mounted on the side post or dash. [​IMG]

    And I remember the wipers that were only on the driver's side that you turned with the little button lever at the top of the windsheild.. no motors there!
  8. Randy

    Randy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Just because something was around in the 80's does not mean it's an antique.[​IMG]
  9. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

    Aug 27, 2007
    at the zoo usually
    Thank you so much for the replies, it does look like a laser disk player is it. I hadn't seen one since I was a kid, it was a huge surprise to see one in the antique store. Thanks again!

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