Most people think the VCR was a creation of the late 70s. If you tried really hard, though, you could come up with one in 1968.
Of course the 1968 VCR didn't really have much video. And it wasn't casette based. And I suppose you couldn't really call it a recorder.
So how did the 1968 VCR work? You took the 35mm camera, stood in front of the TV, and snapped away.
Here is the resulting video my parents shot in 1968. It features Robert F Kennedy's (RFK's) funeral.