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Catalog Number 2016.001.057
Description Raychem Gift Bag, c. 1957-1999. A rectangular white plastic bag. At the top of the bag are two handles. The handles are a hard white plastic. Each handle has a long flat plastic strip attached to the inside edge of the bag. A semi-circle of plastic forms from the middle of the plastic strip to form the hand grip. Red text is printed in varying sizes along the front and back of the bag. The text all says the same phrase and is printed diagonally. The bottom two inches of the bag is folded inwards and the edges are sealed. This forms a pocket. Red text is printed on the bottom of the pocket. The bag is empty.
Object Name Bag, Gift
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title Raychem Gift Bag, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Hirsch Enterprises, San Francisco
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem / Cathodic Protection" (printed multiple times on front and back of bag in red); "C-4 / LOOP-HANDLE BAG / MADE IN U.S.A." (printed on bottom of bag on left side); "HIRSCH ENTERPRISES / SAN FRANCISCO , CA 94131" (printed in red on bottom center); "RECYCLABLE" (printed in red on right side of bag bottom).
Notes "Cathodic protection is a technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface... A simple method of protection connects the metal to be protected to a more easily corroded "sacrificial metal"... The sacrificial metal then corrodes instead of the protected metal." This is used on things like fuel piplines and oil rigs.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathodic_protection 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-20 W-16 D-0.5 inches
Search Terms Bags
Menlo Park
Raychem
Subjects Bags
Gifts
Plastic bags