|Description||Raychem Empire Map, 1978. Framed map of imaginary land. Map is printed in black and blue ink on cream colored paper. Small black Fleur-de-lys are printed along the edge as a border. Below that is a secondary border of black lines and light blue ovals. In each corner is a shield with a crown. A larger version of the crown and shield is placed in the middle of the bottom border. In the lower left corner, is a black and blue emblem of two people sitting on either side of a sun design. The figure on the left is a woman holding a sword. The figure on the right is a bearded man with his hand resting on a staff. The emblem also has scrolls and draped fabric. Below the sun is text explaining the map to be of the "Raychem Empire" and includes the name of the engraver. The main body of the map illustrates trees, mountains, buildings, power lines and fields. Areas of the map are labeled with names like: "ENERGYLAND", "COUNTY OF CHEMELEX", "ELECTRONICKSBURG" and "TELECOMSHIRE". The map matted with green matte board which is 2.75 inches thick. The frame is a brass-colored metal and has glass plate. The back is white cardboard. A wire for hanging is screwed onto the frame horizontally.|
|Collection||3D - Documentary Objects|
|Title||Raychem Empire Map, 1978|
|Creator||Guenter, Deteric Manfredus|
|Creator||Bauer, Francis Frederick Albrecht|
|Inscription Text||"The / First Authentic Sheet Atlas of the Complete / Raychem Empire / Accompanying the topographical survey and descriptive geography / of the four hemispheres with the worldwide Principalities / Energyland, Telcomshire, the County of Chemelex and / Electronicksburg / very rare and sought after. / Accurately described and edited by / Francis Frederick Albrecht Bauer / Highly delineated & engraved by / Deteric Manfredus Guenter / Powerbrunn/ Germania A.D. MCMLXXVIII" (printed in black ink below sun emblem).|
|Provenance||The print was engraved by Deteric Manfredus Guenter. Francis Frederick Albrecht Bauer designed and edited it.|
"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
|Dimensions||H-24 W-29.5 D-1 inches|