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Catalog Number 2016.015.003.17
Scope & Content The Magic Pellet, late 1960s. One 16mm color film with sound, approximately 500' and 11 minutes. The film features images of "Strange Change" toys in production. Raychem produced the small figurines for the Strange Change Machine toy set produced by Mattel in the late 1960s. By irradiating the plastic, the figurines retained a "shape memory." The figurines came as compressed "time capsules" that reverted back to their original shape (dinosaur, robot, insect, etc.) when heated.
A label on the film header reads, "The Magic Pellet." The film was originally stored in a brown metal film canister, 7.125" diameter x 1" with a typewritten Raychem Corporation label, "1612-12 / MAGIC PELLET / Color, sound." Handwritten text in black ink on the label reads, "#2 11 1/3 MIN / Ron Sloan Photo Dept. 7402." A second label attached to the canister has "requires 16mm projector" handwritten in black ink.
Object Name Film, Motion Picture
Collection Archival Collection
Category Film
Date The late 1960s
Search Terms Business
Business and Industry
Raychem Corporation
Subjects Radiation chemistry
Cable industry
Copyrights Copyright held by the Raychem Corporation (1957-1999)