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2016.015.005.202-.203.17 - Ron Trethan Papers, 1979-1992. Group of documents used by Raychemer Ron Trethan. Documents range in date from 1979 to 1990. Types of documents include: originals, photocopies, faxes, memos, and reports. Document group 2016.015.005.202 contains papers related to the Nissan Motor Company. Document group 2016.015.005.203.1-.17 contains correspondence with Simtram Ltd and others related to devices for the auto racing industry, and documents for patent 5,074,391: "Crushable device for absorbing impact energy." PDF inventory available in media tab of collections database.

Ron Trethan Papers, 1979-1992. Group of documents used by Raychemer Ron Trethan. Documents range in date from 1979 to 1990. Types of documents include: originals, photocopies, faxes, memos, and reports. Document group 2016.015.005.202 contains papers related to the Nissan Motor Company. Document group 2016.015.005.203.1-.17 contains correspondence with Simtram Ltd and others related to devices for the auto racing industry, and documents for patent 5,074,391: "Crushable device for absorbing impact energy." PDF inventory available in media tab of collections database.

Image of 1964.185 - Headlight Blackout Cover, c. 1939-1945 (WWII). Round dark green leather circle with black leather hem on edge.  Black fabric flaps protrude outward from back of round circle to cover headlight lens.  Round seam runs around length of circle with purple cloth shoestring to adjust size.  Front of circle has cutout shape of a triangle within a circle.  The center of the triangle has a cutout circular shape with a line through the center.  Two stitched seams run along sides of the cutout shaped.  Between the cutout shapes is a dark teal cloth covering.  The underside of the round disk is covered with a green cloth material.

1964.185 - Headlight Blackout Cover, c. 1939-1945 (WWII). Round dark green leather circle with black leather hem on edge. Black fabric flaps protrude outward from back of round circle to cover headlight lens. Round seam runs around length of circle with purple cloth shoestring to adjust size. Front of circle has cutout shape of a triangle within a circle. The center of the triangle has a cutout circular shape with a line through the center. Two stitched seams run along sides of the cutout shaped. Between the cutout shapes is a dark teal cloth covering. The underside of the round disk is covered with a green cloth material.

Headlight Blackout Cover, c. 1939-1945 (WWII). Round dark green leather circle with black leather hem on edge. Black fabric flaps protrude outward from back of round circle to cover headlight lens. Round seam runs around length of circle with purple cloth shoestring to adjust size. Front of circle has cutout shape of a triangle within a circle. The center of the triangle has a cutout circular shape with a line through the center. Two stitched seams run along sides of the cutout shaped. Between the cutout shapes is a dark teal cloth covering. The underside of the round disk is covered with a green cloth material.

Image of 1977.264 - Carriage Vase, c. 1927.  Vase is made of yellow-green glass. Is cylindrical in shape and tapers to a point, then expands to form a pyramid shape with a rounded tip at the very base of the vase. Cross-section is hexagonal in shape with rounded corners. An embossed floral motif featuring a flower with six petals and eight leaves is on each of the four wider sides. A series of embossed dots decorate the thin sides of the hexagon. There is an incised slit going across three sides of the hexagon above the flower, probably to help secure it. Above the flowers are two bands of embossed squares decorating the top. Above the bands is a raised, plain band. Between the square bands and the plain one is an oxidized piece of metal wire twisted around the body of the vase (probably used to secure it). Beyond the plain band is the opening of the vase. Opening is round in cross section and  has the shape of a short cylinder which tapers slightly to a curved lip.

1977.264 - Carriage Vase, c. 1927. Vase is made of yellow-green glass. Is cylindrical in shape and tapers to a point, then expands to form a pyramid shape with a rounded tip at the very base of the vase. Cross-section is hexagonal in shape with rounded corners. An embossed floral motif featuring a flower with six petals and eight leaves is on each of the four wider sides. A series of embossed dots decorate the thin sides of the hexagon. There is an incised slit going across three sides of the hexagon above the flower, probably to help secure it. Above the flowers are two bands of embossed squares decorating the top. Above the bands is a raised, plain band. Between the square bands and the plain one is an oxidized piece of metal wire twisted around the body of the vase (probably used to secure it). Beyond the plain band is the opening of the vase. Opening is round in cross section and has the shape of a short cylinder which tapers slightly to a curved lip.

Carriage Vase, c. 1927. Vase is made of yellow-green glass. Is cylindrical in shape and tapers to a point, then expands to form a pyramid shape with a rounded tip at the very base of the vase. Cross-section is hexagonal in shape with rounded corners. An embossed floral motif featuring a flower with six petals and eight leaves is on each of the four wider sides. A series of embossed dots decorate the thin sides of the hexagon. There is an incised slit going across three sides of the hexagon above the flower, probably to help secure it. Above the flowers are two bands of embossed squares decorating the top. Above the bands is a raised, plain band. Between the square bands and the plain one is

Image of 2013.007.010 - MotoMeter Radiator Cap, August 13, 1918. Cylindrical screw cap with protruding tube thermometer that extends length of radiator cap.  Top of screw cap is scalloped.  Top of cap has raised metal ring that attaches circular glass-front gauge.  Edges of gauge are framed in painted black metal.  Another steel metal frame with engraved text, secured with four screws, holds glass front and back. Beneath glass is gauge told you temperature of water in radiator. Radiator cap used on a Ford Model T.

2013.007.010 - MotoMeter Radiator Cap, August 13, 1918. Cylindrical screw cap with protruding tube thermometer that extends length of radiator cap. Top of screw cap is scalloped. Top of cap has raised metal ring that attaches circular glass-front gauge. Edges of gauge are framed in painted black metal. Another steel metal frame with engraved text, secured with four screws, holds glass front and back. Beneath glass is gauge told you temperature of water in radiator. Radiator cap used on a Ford Model T.

MotoMeter Radiator Cap, August 13, 1918. Cylindrical screw cap with protruding tube thermometer that extends length of radiator cap. Top of screw cap is scalloped. Top of cap has raised metal ring that attaches circular glass-front gauge. Edges of gauge are framed in painted black metal. Another steel metal frame with engraved text, secured with four screws, holds glass front and back. Beneath glass is gauge told you temperature of water in radiator. Radiator cap used on a Ford Model T.

Image of 2013.007.029 - Automobile Jack, November 18, 1909. Metal rectangular base with four ribs leading to metal rectangular shaft with a metal upturned crescent at top. Rectangular shaft widens at top of length containing jack mechanisms. Cylindrical metal handle used as lever protrudes from side of widened rectangular shaft, for jack mechanism. Metal triangular crescent piece protrudes from opposite side, for lifting. Embossed text on rectangular shaft.

2013.007.029 - Automobile Jack, November 18, 1909. Metal rectangular base with four ribs leading to metal rectangular shaft with a metal upturned crescent at top. Rectangular shaft widens at top of length containing jack mechanisms. Cylindrical metal handle used as lever protrudes from side of widened rectangular shaft, for jack mechanism. Metal triangular crescent piece protrudes from opposite side, for lifting. Embossed text on rectangular shaft.

Automobile Jack, November 18, 1909. Metal rectangular base with four ribs leading to metal rectangular shaft with a metal upturned crescent at top. Rectangular shaft widens at top of length containing jack mechanisms. Cylindrical metal handle used as lever protrudes from side of widened rectangular shaft, for jack mechanism. Metal triangular crescent piece protrudes from opposite side, for lifting. Embossed text on rectangular shaft.

Image of 2016.015.002.39 - Raychem Racing Team Jacket, c. late 1980s - early 1990s. This is a gray nylon jacket worn by Robert Halperin with custom red and white embroidery on the front and back. The jacket closes with a gray plastic zipper covered by a flap that has a single metal snap at top and bottom. A throat latch on the collar consists of a gray strap made from the same nylon material, which is held in place with five loops and has a double D-ring closure. Over the chest there is a vertical zipper pocket on the proper right side and a flap patch pocket with two metal snaps on the proper left side. A diagonal zipper pocket at right and left appear on the lower front sides of the jacket. A flap patch pocket with two metal snaps is attached on the upper portion of both arms. Gray ribbed trim appears on the cuffs of the jacket and around the majority of the jacket bottom except for a few inches in the front on both sides of the zipper. "BOB HALPERIN" is embroidered in red above the vertical zipper pocket on the proper right side. "Raychem Racing Team" with a stylized logo of wavy lines is embroidered at proper left above the pocket in red and white thread. The same text and logo appear in a larger size on the back of the jacket at center. Tags on the jacket consist of red embroidery on black fabric. A rectangular label sewn on the interior back lining reads, "Upstream Racing Division" with a logo of wavy parallel lines and at lower right a logo of "MJ" in a shield. A smaller tag sewn just below reads, "STYLE 23256S  /  L." At the collar, a ribbon tag reads, "MADE IN HONG KONG." A rectangular tag sewn just to the right has text on both sides. The top side reads, "SHELL: 100% NYLON  /  LINING: 100% NYLON  /  RIB: 100% ACRYLIC  /  WPL 8865  /  MADE IN HONG KONG  /  SEE BACK FOR CARE."  The bottom side of the tag reads, "MACHINE WASH GENTLE  /  CYCLE WARM. TUMBLE  /  DRY LOW WARM. WARM  /  IRON IF NECESSARY  /  DO NOT DRY CLEAN."

2016.015.002.39 - Raychem Racing Team Jacket, c. late 1980s - early 1990s. This is a gray nylon jacket worn by Robert Halperin with custom red and white embroidery on the front and back. The jacket closes with a gray plastic zipper covered by a flap that has a single metal snap at top and bottom. A throat latch on the collar consists of a gray strap made from the same nylon material, which is held in place with five loops and has a double D-ring closure. Over the chest there is a vertical zipper pocket on the proper right side and a flap patch pocket with two metal snaps on the proper left side. A diagonal zipper pocket at right and left appear on the lower front sides of the jacket. A flap patch pocket with two metal snaps is attached on the upper portion of both arms. Gray ribbed trim appears on the cuffs of the jacket and around the majority of the jacket bottom except for a few inches in the front on both sides of the zipper. "BOB HALPERIN" is embroidered in red above the vertical zipper pocket on the proper right side. "Raychem Racing Team" with a stylized logo of wavy lines is embroidered at proper left above the pocket in red and white thread. The same text and logo appear in a larger size on the back of the jacket at center. Tags on the jacket consist of red embroidery on black fabric. A rectangular label sewn on the interior back lining reads, "Upstream Racing Division" with a logo of wavy parallel lines and at lower right a logo of "MJ" in a shield. A smaller tag sewn just below reads, "STYLE 23256S / L." At the collar, a ribbon tag reads, "MADE IN HONG KONG." A rectangular tag sewn just to the right has text on both sides. The top side reads, "SHELL: 100% NYLON / LINING: 100% NYLON / RIB: 100% ACRYLIC / WPL 8865 / MADE IN HONG KONG / SEE BACK FOR CARE." The bottom side of the tag reads, "MACHINE WASH GENTLE / CYCLE WARM. TUMBLE / DRY LOW WARM. WARM / IRON IF NECESSARY / DO NOT DRY CLEAN."

Raychem Racing Team Jacket, c. late 1980s - early 1990s. This is a gray nylon jacket worn by Robert Halperin with custom red and white embroidery on the front and back. The jacket closes with a gray plastic zipper covered by a flap that has a single metal snap at top and bottom. A throat latch on the collar consists of a gray strap made from the same nylon material, which is held in place with five loops and has a double D-ring closure. Over the chest there is a vertical zipper pocket on the proper right side and a flap patch pocket with two metal snaps on the proper left side. A diagonal zipper pocket at right and left appear on the lower front sides of the jacket. A flap patch pocket with t

Image of 2015.001.00106 - Santa on Firetruck Driving in Burlingame, 1948

2015.001.00106 - Santa on Firetruck Driving in Burlingame, 1948

Santa on Firetruck Driving in Burlingame, 1948. Black and white negative shows a man dressed as Santa Claus standing on the back of an antique fire truck that is being driven down a Burlingame residential street. Santa Claus is holding on to a spooled fire hose with one hand and waving with the other. There are four other individuals in firemen's uniforms on the truck - one driving, two standing on the running boards on either side of the truck, and one person standing at the back of the truck behind Santa. At center left, a boy riding on a bicycle trails behind the fire truck. Along the side of the truck's hood is written "BURLINGAME FIRE DEPARTMENT" and on the front of the hood there is a c

Image of 2015.001.02968.3 - San Carlos Auto Salvage Yard, 1962

2015.001.02968.3 - San Carlos Auto Salvage Yard, 1962

San Carlos Auto Salvage Yard, 1962. Black and white negative shows an aerial view looking west over the San Carlos Auto Salvage Yard. There are many rows of several hundred wrecked or decommissioned vehicles. Many of the cars are sitting in water or muddy ground. There is a crane in the center of the yard. Near the top of the photograph is the Bayshore Freeway (US 101). Part of a series.

Image of 2015.001.03557.33 - Burlingame Auto Row, 1962

2015.001.03557.33 - Burlingame Auto Row, 1962

Burlingame Auto Row, 1962. Black and white negative shows a publicity shot of Burlingame's "Auto Row" looking north towards California Drive from Peninsula Avenue. There are Buick, Ford, Chevrolet and Jaguar dealerships along Auto Row. San Bruno Mountain can be seen in the background. Part of a series.

Image of 2015.001.07299.1 - Bing Crosby in Hillsborough, 1965

2015.001.07299.1 - Bing Crosby in Hillsborough, 1965

Bing Crosby in Hillsborough, 1965. Black and white negative of Bing Crosby outside of his home in Hillsborough, California. He wears a plaid sports coat and hat and carries a golf club. He stands in front of a a brick building with vines along the wall and a Ford Comet automobile. The Comet was the offical car of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am Golf Championship. Photographer Norton Pearl notes that this was a publicity shot for the opening of Pebble Beach.

Image of 2015.001.07454.1 - El Camino Real Underpass Near Hillsdale Shopping Center, 1965

2015.001.07454.1 - El Camino Real Underpass Near Hillsdale Shopping Center, 1965

El Camino Real Underpass Near Hillsdale Shopping Center, 1965. Black and white negative shows the newly constructed underpass at Hillsdale Shopping Center in San Mateo, California. The image appears to be taken from a median strip on El Camino Real. The gravel median runs down the center of the image with two lanes on either side. Several cars drive in each direction. Hillsdale Boulevard is visible in the background, passing over El Camino Real on a bridge. To the left is a sign for Sears. Part of a series

Image of 2015.001.00525 - Car Crash on Skyline Boulevard in San Bruno, 1950

2015.001.00525 - Car Crash on Skyline Boulevard in San Bruno, 1950

Car Crash on Skyline Boulevard in San Bruno, 1950. Black and white negative shows a two-car crash on Skyline Boulevard in San Bruno, California. The crash appears on a long straight portion of Skyline Boulevard and the cars face opposite directions in the distance at center. The car facing the camera is white and has damage to its left headlight, bumper, and ventilator grill. The car facing away from the camera is dark and is behind a tow truck. A police car appears on the side of the road behind the white car. Three people stand around the cars and a police officer is visible on the road. There are several cars on the road in the distance. The road appears to be in a rural area and there a

Image of 2015.001.03711.6 - Construction of Highway 92 Overpass in San Mateo, October 1962

2015.001.03711.6 - Construction of Highway 92 Overpass in San Mateo, October 1962

Construction of Highway 92 Overpass in San Mateo, October 1962. Black and white negative shows construction of the Highway 92 overpass at El Camino Real in San Mateo, California. The image shows several cars driving along El Camino Real with construction of the overpass visible on either side of the road. A crane appears at center left lifting a large beam. Several construction workers can be seen on the scaffolding around the structure at right and left.

Image of 2015.001.04222 - Boy Scout Hike along Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo, April 1963

2015.001.04222 - Boy Scout Hike along Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo, April 1963

Boy Scout Hike along Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo, April 1963. Black and white negative shows eight Boy Scouts and a Scout Leader hiking along Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo, California. The boys and the Scout Leader walk in single file toward the camera along the road's guardrail. The boy at the front of the line carries a flagpole. A 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne appears in the foreground at left driving up the road toward the scouts at center.

Image of 2015.001.04642.4 - Entering the new 19th Avenue Freeway at Alameda de Las Pulgas, August 1963

2015.001.04642.4 - Entering the new 19th Avenue Freeway at Alameda de Las Pulgas, August 1963

Black and white photo negative of Miss San Mateo (Louisa) driving on to the new 19th Avenue Freeway (Highway) at the Alameda de Las Pulgas on ramp. Part of a series Description provided by the photographer, Norton Pearl, with assistance from project organizer Cynthia Schreurs

Image of 2016.015.001.118 - Untitled (Robert Halperin in Superbowl XIX Crowd), 1985

2016.015.001.118 - Untitled (Robert Halperin in Superbowl XIX Crowd), 1985

Untitled (Robert M. Halperin in Superbowl XIX Crowd), 1985. Color photograph shows Robert Halperin leaning over slightly to look in the window of a black automobile with tinted windows at left. Halperin wears a black trench coat and red earmuffs. A crowd of people walk along the road at right, with some wearing "FORTY NINERS" jackets. Text on a sign attached to a street light at top center reads, "WELCOME / TO / SUPER BOWL [illegible] / XIX." Super Bowl XIX was held at Stanford Stadium on the campus of Stanford University on January 20, 1985. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Miami Dolphins 38-16.

Image of 2015.001.00403.2 - Burlingame Fire Chief's Car, 1949

2015.001.00403.2 - Burlingame Fire Chief's Car, 1949

Burlingame Fire Chief's Car, 1949. Black and white negative of the Burlingame Fire Chief's car in front of the training and hose tower at the Burlingame Fire Station on California Drive in Burlingame, California. The car is a Pontiac Silver Streak. The front door reads, "Fire Chief / City of Burlingame." Between these two lines of text is a seal with an eagle. A fire escape is visible on the exterior of the building behind the automobile in the background of the image. Part of a series of 6.

Image of 2015.001.00530.1 - Car Crash on El Camino Real in Burlingame, May 1949

2015.001.00530.1 - Car Crash on El Camino Real in Burlingame, May 1949

Car Crash on El Camino Real in Burlingame, May 1949. Black and white negative shows a California Drive Auto Repair tow truck clearing a car crash on El Camino Real in Burlingame, California. The image shows a dark colored car at left that has crashed its right front bumper into the left rear end of a light colored car visible at center. The car on the left is a Studebaker with a New Mexico license plate and the car at center is a sedan, possibly a Chrysler. The Studebaker's windshield is cracked and its right front bumper is damaged. The rear of the Chrysler is dented. The California Drive Auto Repair tow truck is visible at right, and it is backed up behind the Chrysler. There are several sp

Image of 2015.001.00560.1 - Car Accident on Oak Grove and Park Avenue in Burlingame, August 1949

2015.001.00560.1 - Car Accident on Oak Grove and Park Avenue in Burlingame, August 1949

Car Accident on Oak Grove and Park Avenue in Burlingame, August 1949. Black and white negative shows a car accident on Oak Grove and Park Avenue in Burlingame, California. There are two cars side by side. The car closest to the camera is a white Chrysler and the other car is a dark sedan, possibly a Chrysler or Plymouth. The white car is slightly damaged in the front, with damage to its bumper and a broken headlight. The darker car has sustained damage to its passenger side door and right wheel well. Its hood is completely detached on the right side. There are car parts strewn about the street in between the cars as a result of the collision. There are approximately 11 spectators and two poli

Image of 2015.001.01328 - Bill's Shoreview Service and Mobil Gas Station in Shoreview Subdivision of San Mateo

2015.001.01328 - Bill's Shoreview Service and Mobil Gas Station in Shoreview Subdivision of San Mateo

Black and white negative shows Bill's Shoreview Service and Mobil Gas Station on the corner of 3rd and Norfolk in the Shoreview subdivision of San Mateo. An attendant appears at center working under the hood of an automobile, and a second man is visible just to the left writing on a clipboard next to a rack of tires. Multiple signs advertising services appear in the image including a small car with text painted across the side at lower right.