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Columbia House Videos Tapes - From The Vault

Hello Dwellers and Welcome To The Basement… We’re going into the Vault this week… and we’re talking about Columbia House and VHS Tapes…
Before the unleash of DVDs and digital archiving and streaming, if you wanted to get an entire television series, there was really two ways to go about it: either tape every single episode that aired manually (and I spent many Wednesday nights watching Deep Space Nine and Voyager in front of the TV in the living room with my finger on the stop and record buttons)… or hope that VHS tapes were released of the shows you wanted to collect. More often than not, episodes of shows were released maybe random released… but then there was Columbia House.

Originally amail-order subscription service where people could get to music records, once the home video market, they obviously capitalized on it, with some rather… unique rules… the ‘having to respond’ or otherwise have something mailed to you was a real winner… but as a kid, a big highlight was when my father g…