3M Scotch Scream'R - 1990 - US
Scotch / 3M's version of the much loved, classic, Memorex dBS-I "clown" cassette.
The similarities are more than just aesthetics, these were also made by SKC, like the Memorex dBS-I.
A very decent Type 1, which was never released outside of North America, so really hard to find in Europe.
Note: October 20, 2021 This is an underrated Type I tape and getting harder to find (lots of 45 minutes though!). Some are managing to sell it for close to $13.00 each... you know where.
About 3M Scotch:
Five businessmen founded 3M in Two Harbors, Minnesota, in 1902. Originally a mining venture, the goal was to mine corundum, but this failed because the mine's mineral holdings were anorthosite, which had no commercial value. Co-founder John Dwan solicited funds in exchange for stock and Edgar Ober and Lucius Ordway took over the company in 1905. The company moved to Duluth and began research and producing sandpaper products. William L. McKnight, later a key executive, joined the company in 1907, and A. G. Bush joined in 1909. 3M finally became financially stable in 1916 and was able to pay dividends.
The company began by mining stone from quarries for use in grinding wheels. M Struggling with quality and marketing of its products, management supported its workers to innovate and develop new products, which became its core business. Twelve years after its inception, 3M developed its first exclusive product: Three-M-ite cloth. Other innovations in this era included masking tape, waterproof sandpaper, and Scotch brand tapes. By 1929, 3M had made its first moves toward international expansion by forming Durex to conduct business in Europe. The same year, the company's stock was first traded over the counter and in 1946 listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The company is currently a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and of the S&P 500.