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Catalog Number 2016.001.053
Description Raychem Baseball Cap with Flag Tag, c. 1957-1999 Red hat in the style of a baseball cap. The bill on the front is rigid and U-shaped. The bill is covered in red fabric and stitched with red thread. The dome of the hat is six triangular panels sewn together. The front two panels are red fabric covering a yellowish foam. Centered between these two panels is a patch. The patch is rectangular with rounded corners. The patch is white fabric with a red stitched boarder and "Raychem" embroidered in red in the center. The four remaining panels are red plastic mesh. The two back panels have a semi-circle cut-out. At the base of the semi-circle are two red plastic strips. Both strips have rounded ends. One strip has seven plastic pegs down the center. The other strip has seven holes. The pegs fit in the holes. On the inside, along the bottom edge of the dome is a red strip of fabric attached with red thread. Sewn onto the fabric strip is a white fabric tag. The tag has text printed in red and blue. The tag also has two American flags printed on it. The flags are mounted on flag poles which cross in the center to form an X. The flag on the right has its stars in a circle. The flag on the left has its stars in a rectangular grid. Also on the inside, are three narrow strips of fabric covering the seams of the panels. On the outside top of the hat is a round button or plastic or metal covered in red fabric.
Object Name Cap, Baseball
Collection 3D - Clothing
Title Raychem Baseball Cap with Flag Tag, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Unknown
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem" (embroidered in red thread on white patch); "MADE IN USA" (molded in plastic on sizing strips); "ADJUSTABLE / ONE SIZE FITS ALL / MADE IN U.S.A." (printed in red and blue ink on white tag).
Provenance Hat made for Raychem by unknown manufacturer.
Notes "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."
[ 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-5 W-9 D-8.5 inches
Search Terms Accessories
Menlo Park
Subjects Baseball
Clothing & dress