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Catalog Number 2016.001.056
Description Raychem Golf Towel, c. 1957-1999. White terry cloth golf towel. Terry cloth is sewn from cotton and polyester yarn. Towel is rectangular. Its two shorter sides are fringed. The bottom right corner the word "Raychem" is printed ten times in red paint. It is done in two columns with five words printed in each column. Between the each word is a line printed in tan paint. On the top left corner is a round brass grommet. Looped through the grommet is a brass clip. The clip is one rounded piece of wire bent in the shape of a light bulb. The two wire ends overlap each other on the neck of the light bulb shape. One end is broader and flat. On the back side of the towel, sewn along the left edge edge is a white fabric tag with text printed in black and red ink. Tag describes materials and washing instructions. A golf towel clips to a golf bag and is used for wipe or dry hands, balls or clubs.
Object Name Gear, Golf
Collection 53D - Sports Equipment
Title Raychem Golf Towel, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Cannon Mills Company, New York
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem" (printed in red paint ten times in lower right corner); "CANNON R / 100% COTTON LOOP YARN / BASE WARP AND FILLING YARN / 65% POLYESTER 35 % COTTON... / MADE IN U.S.A. ... / CANNON MILLS, N.T=Y., N.Y. 10020" (printed in red and black ink on white tag).
Notes "The Cannon Mills Company was an American textile company founded by James William Cannon, based in Kannapolis, North Carolina. It was founded in 1888 and went bankrupt in July 2003. The Cannon brands were then purchased by the Iconix Brand Group."
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannon_Mills 2/3/2016]

"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."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-15.75 W-2.75 D-0.125 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Cleaner
Dry
Equipment
Golf
Golfing
Menlo Park
Raychem
Souvenir
Sporting Good
Sports
Towel
Subjects Cleaning
Equipment
Golf
Recreation
Souvenirs
Sporting goods
Sports
Towels