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Image of 2016.015.002.37 - Raychem EZF 59/6 Cable Preparation Tool, c. 1990s. Used in cable television installation, this Raychem Corporation accessory was used to prepare and install connectors on series 59 and series 6 coaxial cables. 
The tool has two black plastic levers connected at a spring-loaded metal fulcrum. The jaws of the tool are rectangular with rounded edges. A red plastic section at the front of the jaws holds two metal blades. The upper handle of the tool tapers at top and bottom to a flat rounded end. The lower handle is rectangular and has a 0.25” hole through the side for use as a port measurement gauge. A metal cylindrical “dummy” cable port is located on the top of the tool. 
The first function of the tool was cutting through outer layers of coaxial cable. The user would squeeze the handles to open the jaws and place the end of a piece of cable into a v-shaped groove with a stop at one end. The handles would be released, closing the jaws around the cable, and then the tool would be rotated clockwise until it turned freely. Pressure could also be applied to the top and bottom of the jaws to cut through the cable jacket. After being cut, the outer layers of the cable could be removed by hand, exposing the conductive wire at the center. 
The second function of the tool would be to compress a connector and cable assembly.  The exposed wire at the end of a cable would be threaded through a channel in a piece of cable connector hardware. The connector and cable assembly would then be threaded by hand onto the metal “dummy” port on the top of the tool and tightened with a wrench to form a mechanical seal around the wire.

2016.015.002.37 - Raychem EZF 59/6 Cable Preparation Tool, c. 1990s. Used in cable television installation, this Raychem Corporation accessory was used to prepare and install connectors on series 59 and series 6 coaxial cables. The tool has two black plastic levers connected at a spring-loaded metal fulcrum. The jaws of the tool are rectangular with rounded edges. A red plastic section at the front of the jaws holds two metal blades. The upper handle of the tool tapers at top and bottom to a flat rounded end. The lower handle is rectangular and has a 0.25” hole through the side for use as a port measurement gauge. A metal cylindrical “dummy” cable port is located on the top of the tool. The first function of the tool was cutting through outer layers of coaxial cable. The user would squeeze the handles to open the jaws and place the end of a piece of cable into a v-shaped groove with a stop at one end. The handles would be released, closing the jaws around the cable, and then the tool would be rotated clockwise until it turned freely. Pressure could also be applied to the top and bottom of the jaws to cut through the cable jacket. After being cut, the outer layers of the cable could be removed by hand, exposing the conductive wire at the center. The second function of the tool would be to compress a connector and cable assembly. The exposed wire at the end of a cable would be threaded through a channel in a piece of cable connector hardware. The connector and cable assembly would then be threaded by hand onto the metal “dummy” port on the top of the tool and tightened with a wrench to form a mechanical seal around the wire.

Record Type: Object

Image of 2017.049.001 - USWVA Flag. Red and gold satin flag (a), with pole (b), and pole extension (c). Flag (a) is mostly red in the front and completely yellow on the back. On the front, written at the top of the flag in gold lettering, "Unite Spanish War Veterans  /  Auxiliary." On the bottom is written, " Department of California," also in gold lettering. In the middle of the flag is a round, gold emblem. Along the outer edges there are black leaves stitched into the fabric to create an image of a gold wreath. In the middle is a white cross with eight red triangles, outlined in gold, extending out from the edges. In the middle of the cross is another emblem; this one, outlined in gold, has a blue ring with the words "National  /  Auxiliary  /  U.S.W.V." written in gold lettering. On the inside of the emblem is a crudely stitched image with three figures standing on a shore. The figure on the left is dressed in a military uniform with a tall, wide-brimmed hat and is holding a rifle in both hands. The figure in the  middle is kneeling with his arms extended out to touch the side of the figure on the left and hold the hand of the figure on the right. The figure on the right is wearing sailor uniform with a flat hat with his right arm down to his side. The pole (b) is inside the left side of the flag. Protruding from the top is a spear-like end with a gold patina and gold rope and tassels tied around it. The pole extension (c) is aluminum. There is a small sticker on the metal that says in very faded lettering "Hortie-Van  /  1926   MFG. Co  /  PA...A, CA   91107."

2017.049.001 - USWVA Flag. Red and gold satin flag (a), with pole (b), and pole extension (c). Flag (a) is mostly red in the front and completely yellow on the back. On the front, written at the top of the flag in gold lettering, "Unite Spanish War Veterans / Auxiliary." On the bottom is written, " Department of California," also in gold lettering. In the middle of the flag is a round, gold emblem. Along the outer edges there are black leaves stitched into the fabric to create an image of a gold wreath. In the middle is a white cross with eight red triangles, outlined in gold, extending out from the edges. In the middle of the cross is another emblem; this one, outlined in gold, has a blue ring with the words "National / Auxiliary / U.S.W.V." written in gold lettering. On the inside of the emblem is a crudely stitched image with three figures standing on a shore. The figure on the left is dressed in a military uniform with a tall, wide-brimmed hat and is holding a rifle in both hands. The figure in the middle is kneeling with his arms extended out to touch the side of the figure on the left and hold the hand of the figure on the right. The figure on the right is wearing sailor uniform with a flat hat with his right arm down to his side. The pole (b) is inside the left side of the flag. Protruding from the top is a spear-like end with a gold patina and gold rope and tassels tied around it. The pole extension (c) is aluminum. There is a small sticker on the metal that says in very faded lettering "Hortie-Van / 1926 MFG. Co / PA...A, CA 91107."

Record Type: Object