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The AKAI ‘portable’ VTR 1/4″ video tape recorder – the birth of home-made porn

By on 30 March 2012 | comments 1

WHEN was user-generated pornography born? Before the camera phone it was 1972 and amateur filmmakers were getting to grips with the AKAI “portable” VTR 1/4″ video tape recorder. The tapes required no processing, so negating any need for trips to that special shop at the back of the precinct. It had a “hands-off  operation”.

The advert featured Penthouse Pet Lynn Partington and the legend:

“Play and instant replay. You’ll wrack your brain to think of a place you can’t use a video tape recorder. We’re showing only one of thousands of ways to get it on…on video tape. And here’s a great offer. Every buyer of an AKAI VTR will receive a personal invitation from one of the provocative Penthouse Pets to attend a video taping session—with her—in a city near them.”

Making porn was just one of the thousands of ways to use your AKAI gadget – but it might have been the only one that mattred.

AKAI went bust in 2004.

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  • coolandcalm

    Very random Anorak. Just wondering why you picked it? (I ask for a reason of course!)