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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.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00883
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Artifact assemblage consisting of a color photographic print and an accompanying handwritten note. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts American troops engaged in battle upon a landscape characterized by dark soil, low hills, and distant green fields dotted with gray clouds of explosions. The date, "NOV 69 •" is printed upon the obverse surface of the photo. The accompanying handwritten note is composed upon a scrap of paint-stained paper torn from packaging for a unit of sportsman's permanent camouflage paint and reads, "1 camo [sic] 4 wheel drive for the woods". The artifact was left at The Wall along with five (5) color photographic prints (VIVE (870, 880, 882, 884, & 885), a black & white photographic print (VIVE (881)), 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 00882
  • 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 an assembled group of American service personnel attending a United Service Organizations (USO) show, wherein a young woman dances in a bikini and feather boa backed by musicians. The date, "SEP 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, 880, 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 00880 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00881 - print, black & white 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 SQUARE SHAPED, WHITE 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 A UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS (USO) SHOW HELD TO ENTERTAIN AN ASSEMBLED GROUP OF AMERICAN SERVICE PERSONNEL. THE CROWD OF SERVICE PERSONNEL ARE DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. OD GREEN UTILITY CAPS, OG-107 TROPICAL JUNGLE HATS (ALSO REFERRED TO AS A "BOONIE HAT"), OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT COATS, ETC.) AND ARE VIEWED FROM BEHIND, WITH THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH ORIENTED TOWARDS THE STAGE. THE STAGE IS CONSTRUCTED OF UNFINISHED WOODEN TWO INCH BY FOUR INCH (2" X 4") PLANKS AND BEAMS SUPPORTING A CORRUGATED IRON ROOF, ANCHORED INTO A PLYWOOD STAGE SURFACE BELOW. A YOUNG, DARK HAIRED AMERICAN WOMAN DANCES UPON THE CENTER OF THE STAGE IN A LIGHT COLORED BIKINI & WHITE FEATHER BOA, AND IS BACKED BY A GUITARIST DRESSED IN LIGHT KHAKI CLOTHING AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE STAGE AND A KEYBOARDIST DRESSED IN A LIGHT GRAY SUIT AT THE PROPER LEFT-CENTER AREA OF THE STAGE. THE DATE, "SEP 69 •" IS PRINTED IN VERTICALLY-ORIENTED, BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE WHITE BORDER AT 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. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (870, 880, 881, 883 - 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, printed inscription] "SEP 69 •" / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "A KODAK PAPER [repeatedly printed in a graphic motif]"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 1.9g
    • Item Length: 8.8cm
    • Item Width: 8.8cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: N/A
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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.