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Switch Plate

TitleSwitch Plate
Object NameSwitch Plate
Manufactured ByRobinson Plastics Corp.
Manufactured ForAngelo Brothers Company
DescriptionWall cover for electric outlets. Each has a vacuum finished decal.
Date Manufactured1960s-1970s
Manufacturing ProcessInjection Molded, Hot Stamped. According to molder Irving I Rubin: “One of the problems with the switch was that the plates were used in the kitchen or the bathroom. The products you use there can leave enough grease on your hand to affect the hot stamping. So I came up with an idea, which was not new, but I had never heard of it. I took foil that was preprinted on rolls of very thin plastic. I put the roll of foil on top of the press and then pulled it down so that the imprint we wanted was directly over the mold. The machine closed and molded over it, so we had a switch plate which had the colored design protected by plastic. Then the roll would move down again. I used a photoelectric cell to locate a black spot printed on the side of the foil.”
Number of Objects3
Accession Number2010_055.130
DonorGift of Irvin I. Rubin
Broad SubjectElectrical and Lighting
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