1980 meeting of the most famous “anime club” on the east coast, New York’s Cartoon/Fantasy Organization, which met in the basement of the Polish Democratic Club. 

VHS tapes weren’t even translated, and had no captions. Tapes weren’t even sold, they were traded. 

The heavyset man to the left of the bottom image is  James Kaposztas, a famous early anime fan who, come the 2000s, invented the concept of the “anime music video.”