As like my own piles of recordable VHS, when looking through my mom's old stash (which is ninety-five per cent old Days of Our Lives episodes) I noticed some brand trends. Also like me, the older tapes were Embassy Gold & Studio, but when they blinked out of existence, my mother seemed to settle on BASF.
BASF may be the brand that kept its jacket designs the most similar over the years. As you can see, they stuck to the grey with rainbow highlight, only changing up the emphasis on the 6-hour recording length. I wonder if I could call them out on their lifetime guarantee if need be.
On the tail end of my VHS recordings, I found myself recording more television shows than movies and the brand I predominantly used for this was Maxell. During HBO's uncontested years of the 2000's, I found myself taping shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under and Carnivale for people at work.
They'd supply the tapes which just happened to be those blue Maxells. I'd put two on a tape and they'd get passed around. That was before the age of rampant Internet spoilers so they didn't mind waiting a week or two to see the next episodes. Also, I liked using the sleek black ones below for anime, or as I called it back then - Japanimation.