Advertisements for this Scotch 200
magnetic tape product appeared many time in electronics magazines during the big
stereo era that ran from the 1950s through to the 1980s. High Fidelity (Hi-Fi) was
a big deal as major improvements in receivers, tape decks, phonographs, amplifiers,
and speakers were being made. I decided to highlight this one in particular for
a couple reasons. First is that when I was in the U.S. Air Force stationed at
Robins AFB, Georgia (1979-1982), one
of the roommates I had in the barracks had a father whom, at least per his claim,
invented reflective tape for 3M.
The guy was a true Lennon fanatic, and even wore faux Lennon glasses when off duty.
He didn't look the part. When Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon on
8, 1980, his entire
raison d'être came
to an end. I'm surprised he didn't (maybe he did) go for psychiatric counseling.
Second, did you know (or care) that "3M" stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing?
Third, the headline in the advertisement states, "The magnetic tape that can't be
copied!" Does that imply that there is some mechanism for copy protection designed
into the Scotch 200 Magnetic Tape medium that can prevent unauthorized duplication?
Nay; it is merely a claim that the quality cannot be copied which, of course, is
largely an objective opinion. Any protection provided by their tape is the lubrication
that helps safeguard the magnetic read / write head from abrasive damage.
Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company Ad
magnetic tape that can't be copied!
Others try to imitate it ... but no tape equals Scotch 200 Tensilized Double-Length
This is the original no-break, no-stretch tape that plays twice as long ... and
you can't buy better! "Scotch" Brand waited until it had perfected an extended play
tape of unmatched quality. Now, here it is - "Scotch" 200 Tensilized Double-Length
Tape - first to give you a Polyester backing with an ultimate tensile strength of
6.8 lbs! And it's the only tape of its kind that offers silicone lubrication, genuine
built-in protection for your recorder head. Why settle for imitations when the original
and best costs no more? Today, see your dealer for a reel of "Scotch" 200 Tensilized
Double-Length Tape, newest of the "Tapes you can trust".
Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company
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Posted January 29, 2020