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Old 11-11-14, 09:54 PM  
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classic collage tidbits

i was reading my old collage catalogs. the oldest one i have was one that a co-worker had given me, sometime around 1991 or so. it was black and white on the inside, and small, like reader's digest size.

my very first catalog of my own was in 1996. i think i got reacquainted with collage via VF and the original Firm forum at the time, and placed an order. i think i saw their ads in Shape magazine too.

my question today is, when did collage start providing clips? i'm guessing it would be when their website was launched, but i can't remember when that was.
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Old 11-13-14, 12:05 AM  
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Looks like 1998.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/collagevideo.com

Wayback Machine rocks. I love looking at old websites. You can see that they first had activity here in 1998. Usually you can click a highlighted date and see what the page looked like, but there are no snapshots for Collage.

I did find this though. From their launch I think. Brace yourselves!!!!

http://web.archive.org/web/199801151...lagevideo.com/
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Old 11-13-14, 12:09 AM  
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Found a page from March 7, 2008

http://web.archive.org/web/200803071...lagevideo.com/
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Old 11-13-14, 12:10 AM  
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Looks like 1998.

http://web.archive.org/web/*/collagevideo.com

Wayback Machine rocks. I love looking at old websites. You can see that they first had activity here in 1998. Usually you can click a highlighted date and see what the page looked like, but there are no snapshots for Collage.

I did find this though. From their launch I think. Brace yourselves!!!!

http://web.archive.org/web/199801151...lagevideo.com/
Oh wow!! Over 400 different workout tapes! Thankyou so much for posting this!
I have no idea when it was for me. I remember ordering a catalog after seeing the ad in Shape magazine. I remember the Firm tapes being a big feature.
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Old 11-13-14, 12:20 AM  
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You can actually click around once you get a "live" page on Wayback Machine. So at the top where you see the links which includes "List of Videos" - you can see what they had back then. Only a few are highlighted, and if you click those, they have further descriptions. Gin Miller has a video that has the original Collage Description and breakdowns.

I keep finding more ways to get into backpages here.

This is from Feb 20, 1999

http://web.archive.org/web/199902201...om/Welcome.htm

Oct 1, 1999: http://web.archive.org/web/199910011...om/Welcome.htm

But on those two pages, you can't seem to further navigate

But then I got to this, March 11, 2000. Still no videos, but you can click around and see the lists again of what they sold and find a few highlighted options.

http://web.archive.org/web/200003111...videotypes.htm
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Old 11-13-14, 02:47 PM  
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CitH - thank you for these links.

i have kept all of my hardcopy catalogs from 1996 onward, but it's nice to have them online.

this is one area where i knew the "new" collage wouldn't continue - the catalogs.

can you imagine - we used to buy videos w/o having seen the clips! that's when VF was extremely influential - publishing the reviews, creating the Hall of Fame list, VFers discussing their successes. collage's unique breakdowns (before clips were available) were also influential.
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