Hadn't thought about these in a while.I have seen these by the boxload for many years at thrift stores,with all the different box designs.I always go through them,in the hopes of finding unissued concert recordings,or audio of long lost TV or radio shows.They are always just home taped copies of LPs.
A few weeks ago,I found a couple of unused NOS reels of 1970s or 80s vintage Scotch recording tape,in the Goodwill clearance bins,I put them on eBay,and was surprised at what they can go for.
From: "Don Tait ([log in to unmask])" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2011 3:13 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Reel to Reel "Thing"
Yes, "end-of-reel tape clips" is what the things in Scotch (3M)
reel-to-reel tapes were called. The 1960s. They came gratis in every box of Scotch
recording tape. When new, the tape-ends were held down by a slender piece of
tartan-patterned pressure-sensitive tape on the edge of the reel. One
sliced it off and was ready to use the tape.
The tape clips were small, about 1/2" vertically in length on two sides,
rounded on the bottoms, and just wide enough to fit over the tape and
inside the reel, with a slot at the top. One was supposed to squeeze the clip
sufficiently to permit the end of the tape to be caught in it, then slip the
ends of the clip down over the tape on the reel. There were other such
devices and I might have a few here, but since I always bought Scotch recording
tape that's what I mostly had and have.
I never used them and still do not. Sorry to go into such detail for
ARSC members who already know all of this. More in replies to other messages.
I think I found what you seek. On the inside of the box of some
early Scotch tapes: No. 12 - End-Of-Reel Tape Clips.
"Clip securely to tape, prevent spilling or tangling in handling,
storage and mailing. Fit inside reel, won't distort reels in
storage. Work equally well on partial or full reels."
Hope this helps.