I had a question about a Buddy Holly song, so off I went to Wikipedia.
It’s in the nature of surfing that you read stuff you weren’t looking for, and I read this:
Then I wanted to know what a wire recorder was. It turns out that the technology holding back tape recording wasn’t recording but developing the tape itself. But, in the late 40’s and early 50’s, recording on metal wire was the way to go.
But this is what caught my eye:
Though fictional, the Allied officers of Hogan's Heroes used a wire recorder to record a meeting in Kommandant Klink's office on a device that was disguised as a sewing box made of wooden thread spools.
I can remember watching that episode in repeats almost 40 years ago. And the thing is I can remember being struck by the weirdness of them recording on wire: to a kid in the 1970’s, tape was all there had ever been.