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print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00870
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts two (2) young, Caucasian-American servicemen posed upon either side of an emplaced mortar tube within a fortified position. The date, "NOV 69 •" is printed upon the obverse surface of the photo. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other color photographic prints (VIVE (880, 882, 884, & 885), a black & white photographic print (VIVE (881)), an artifact assemblage (VIVE (883)), a sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

print, black & white photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00881
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Black & white photographic print. The photo depicts a military unit comprised of six (6) young, Caucasian-American and one (1) young, African-American serviceman dressed in military issue field attire (i.e. od green utility caps, OG-107 utility shirts, OG-107 tropical combat trousers, undershirts, etc.) and posing in a wooded setting while drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. The artifact was left at The Wall along with five (5) color photographic prints (VIVE (870, 880, 882, 884, & 885), an artifact assemblage (VIVE (883)), a sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.

print, color photographic


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00880
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts four (4) young, Caucasian-American servicemen drinking Budweiser brand beer together inside a military structure, most likely a barracks [?] The date, "NOV • 69 •" is printed upon the obverse surface of the photo. The artifact was left at The Wall along with four (4) other color photographic prints (VIVE (870, 882, 884, & 885), a black & white photographic print (VIVE (881)), an artifact assemblage (VIVE (883)), a sealed, unopened letter (VIVE (949)), a fishing tackle box (VIVE (965)), & a fabric swatch (VIVE (970)) by an anonymous donor between June - July 1985.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00012
  • Related Items: VIVE 00870 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00881 - print, black & white photographic
    VIVE 00882 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00883 - assemblage
    VIVE 00884 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00885 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00949 - letter, sealed unopened
    VIVE 00965 - box, fishing tackle
    VIVE 00970 - swatch, fabric
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  • Item Description:COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A SQUARE SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER BEARING A WHITE, SQUARE SHAPED EXTERIOR BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS AN 'IN-COUNTRY' IMAGE CAPTURED IN VIETNAM WHICH DEPICTS FOUR (4) YOUNG, CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMEN DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS & OD GREEN UNDERSHIRT). THE MEN ARE PICTURED SEATED INSIDE A MILITARY STRUCTURE (MOST LIKELY A BARRACKS [?]) WITH AN OD GREEN TARP OR CURTAIN [?] VISIBLE AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE BACKGROUND AND A SET OF WOODEN SHELVES STACKED WITH PERSONAL ITEMS AND AN M1 COMBAT HELMET VISIBLE AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE BACKGROUND. THE FOUR (4) MEN ARE EACH HOLDING AN OPEN CAN OF BUDWEISER BRAND BEER, AND EACH IS POURING THE CONTENTS OF THE CAN INTO THE OPEN MOUTH OF ONE (1) OF THEIR FELLOW COMRADES. THE DATE, "NOV • 69 •" IS PRINTED IN VERTICALLY-ORIENTED, BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITHIN THE WHITE BORDER ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT. UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT, THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S PHRASE, "A KODAK PAPER" IS REPEATEDLY PRINTED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN A GRAPHIC MOTIF. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE IMAGE CITATION FOR THE OBJECT IS REFERENCED AS FOLLOWS, "3198 #7 X-1352". THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (870, 881 - 885, 949, 965, & 970).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, proper left-hand edge, printed inscription] "NOV • 69 •" / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "A KODAK PAPER [repeatedly printed in a graphic motif]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.1g
    • Item Length: 8.7cm
    • Item Width: 8.7cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
  • Item Notes:ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE IMAGE CITATION FOR THE OBJECT IS REFERENCED AS FOLLOWS, "3198 #7 X-1352".
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Items left at The Wall - The Virtual Collection

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 13, 1982. Shortly thereafter, visitors to the Memorial began leaving items in memoriam to those killed and missing service members listed on The Wall. These artifacts now collectively comprise the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection -- a museum collection of more than 400,000 items held in the public trust by the National Park Service. Today, this Collection is among the largest and most actively researched collections in the National Capital Region.

The Collection is jointly curated by National Mall and Memorial Parks and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). The VVMF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies upon public donations to continue its work, and receives no federal funding.