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Poster: Alison OK Date: May 13, 2019 2:28pm
Forum: news Subject: Atlas Obscura: The Remarkable Story of a Woman Who Preserved Over 30 Years of TV History

About 71,000 VHS and Betamax cassettes are sitting in boxes, stacked 50-to-a-pallet in the Internet Archive’s physical storage facility in Richmond, California, waiting to be digitized. The tapes are not in chronological order, or really any order at all. They got a little jumbled as they were transferred. First recorded in Marion Stokes’s home in the Barclay Condominiums in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, the tapes had been distributed among nine additional apartments she purchased solely for storage purposes during her life. Later, they passed on to her children, into storage, and finally to the California-based archive. Although no one knew it at the time, the recordings Stokes made from 1975 until her death in 2012 are the only comprehensive collection preserving this period in television media history. Read full text.
This post was modified by Alison OK on 2019-05-13 21:24:51
This post was modified by Alison OK on 2019-05-13 21:28:48