It's never specified when or how the tubes were created, but they have been in use ever since the Blind Eye Society was operational.
In "Society of the Blind Eye" it is shown that whenever a person has their memories taken from them, the tubes are used as recipients for the extracted memories, and are then taken to the "Hall of the Forgotten," a special room where all the memory tubes are stored.
- 207. "Society of the Blind Eye"
- The tube containing Lazy Susan's memories is labeled "(Lazy) Susan Wentworth." However, all of the other tubes seen are titled "(name)'s memories."
- However, it's entirely possible that there wasn't enough room in the label.
- Each canister contains both the erased memory of the subject and the video tape of the subject recounting it. This is because, as the machine records the disturbing memory, it takes it out of the subject's head.
- In the "Hall of the Forgotten" there is a canister labeled "Jeffrey Cannuck memories." It is the only tube labeled with the name of a character that has never been mentioned in the series. The tube is stored on a shelf which appears to have the memories of people important for the Society, due to its location (over some kind of altar), to the other canisters stored there (the ones from McGucket, founder of the Society, and Preston Northwest, arguably the most powerful man in Gravity Falls) and to the alarm system they have.
- In Rick and Morty's episode "Morty's Mind Blowers" it's discovered that Rick Sanchez secretly stores some of Morty's memories. These memories are stored in glass containers, using a memory storage method reminiscent to the one created by McGucket. This is not necessarily a coincidence: the links between the two series are well known, and there are two memory containers labeled "Stanford" and "Bill C".