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Catalog Number 2016.015.003.1
Scope & Content Raychem Seals CATV Systems, c. 1970s. Copy of a black and white video on a Sony D-100 3/4" U-matic videotape with NTSC encoding and a runtime of 18 minutes 37 seconds. The video shows a Raychem Corporation trade show presentation for heat-shrink telecom seals featuring Ray the Raychem Seal. Ray the Raychem seal is a puppet performed by Dave Goelz who interacts with a woman named Sandy who demonstrates heat-shrink drop seal hookup products in front of a small audience.
The physical videotape has a black plastic outer case with an attached clear plastic sleeve at center. A paper label is adhered to the spine of the case with black ink text that reads, "RAYCHEM EXHIBIT SHOW / Duplicated by televisionassociates 2410 Charleston Road Mountain View California 94043 Telephone 415 967-6040." The same label is adhered to the top front side of the videocassette. "Copyrighted Program" is printed in black ink on the metal hinge piece that covers the magnetic tape. The cassette sits within the case over a clear plastic strip that one can lift to help remove the cassette from the case. The end of the strip is embossed with "JAPAN TOKYO". A circular metallic gold label with black text is adhered to the top side of the cassette in the back right corner and reads, "Professionally / Duplicated by an / Authorized / SONY(R) D-100 / Duplicating / Center."
Object Name U-matic
Collection Archival Collection
Category Video Cassette
Date c. 1970s
Search Terms Raychem Corporation
Copyrights Copyright held by the Raychem Corporation (1957-1999). Digital transfer required for reproduction, available for a fee.