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print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00882
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • 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.

print, color photographic

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00884
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Item Summary:Color photographic print. The photo is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts a group of three (3) U.S. Army servicemen (two (2) Caucasian-American and one (1) African-American) posing inside a recently constructed structure with their arms draped over each other's shoulders. The date, "JAN • 70" 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, 882, & 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.

assemblage


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 00883
  • Accession Date:7/18/1985
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: N/A
  • 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.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00012
  • Related Items: VIVE 00870 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00880 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00881 - print, black & white photographic
    VIVE 00882 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00884 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00885 - print, color photographic
    VIVE 00949 - letter, sealed unopened
    VIVE 00965 - box, fishing tackle
    VIVE 00970 - swatch, fabric
  • Record Component Qty:2
  • Item Description:ASSEMBLAGE CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT & COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN NOTE. COMPONENT (A) 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 BATTLE-SCARRED LANDSCAPE CHARACTERIZED BY DARK SOIL, A LOW HILL COVERED WITH STONES AND A LARGE CULVERT RUNNING UNDERNEATH AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE FOREGROUND, A CORRESPONDING HILL AT THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE BACKGROUND WITHIN WHICH A FORTIFIED TUNNEL OR BUNKER [?] APPEARS TO BE DUG, AND A STRETCH OF GREEN FIELD DOTTED WITH GRAY CLOUDS INDICATIVE OF EXPLOSIONS AND/OR FIRE [?] AT THE DISTANT BACKGROUND. NUMEROUS PIECES OF AMERICAN HEAVY EQUIPMENT MOVE ABOUT THE SOIL BETWEEN THE HILLS AT THE FOREGROUND OF THE IMAGE, INCLUDING A FRONT END LOADER AND TWO (2) TANKS. A LARGE GROUP OF AMERICAN SERVICE PERSONNEL DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS, OD GREEN UNDERSHIRTS, COMBAT BOOTS, ETC.) ARE PARTIALLY VISIBLE AT THE PROPER LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE IMAGE, WHILE A LONE SERVICEMAN DRESSED IN MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE AND CARRYING A FULL PACK LOAD IS OBSERVED STANDING BY HIMSELF UPON THE DARK SOIL BETWEEN THE TWO (2) HILLS AT THE LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE IMAGE FOREGROUND. THE DATE, "NOV 69 •" IS PRINTED IN VERTICALLY-ORIENTED, BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS WITHIN THE WHITE EXTERIOR BORDER ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT. UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, THE MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER'S PHRASE, "A KODAK PAPER" IS REPEATEDLY PRINTED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN A GRAPHIC MOTIF. COMPONENT (B) HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND CURSIVE SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON AN IRREGULARLY TORN SCRAP OF WHITE PAPER. THE NOTE READS, "1 CAMO [sic] 4 WHEEL DRIVE FOR THE WOODS". THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SCRAP OF PAPER IS PRINTED WITH A CAMOUFLAGE GRAPHIC MOTIF IN SHADES OF OD GREEN, BLACK, KHAKI, & RED, AND BEARS AN INSCRIPTION ALONG THE UPPER SURFACE PRINTED IN YELLOW INK (TRIMMED IN GREEN) AND BLOCK SCRIPT READING, "PERMAN [illegible/incomplete] CAMOUF [illegible/incomplete] PAIN [illegible/incomplete]". A CORRESPONDING INSCRIPTION PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK/ITALICIZED SCRIPT INSIDE A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, YELLOW FIELD (ALSO TRIMMED IN GREEN) AT THE LOWER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE READS, "MADE IN U.S.A. / HUNTER'S SPECIALTIES / FOR SPORTSMEN BY SPORTSM [illegible/incomplete] / CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA". AT THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE LARGE ACCRETIONS OF DRIED, CURED BROWN PAINT ARE OBSERVED. BASED UPON AN EVALUATION OF CONTEXT, IT APPEARS THAT THE SCRAP OF PAPER UPON WHICH THE NOTE HAS BEEN HANDWRITTEN WAS PREVIOUSLY TORN FROM THE PACKAGING FOR A UNIT OF PERMANENT CAMOUFLAGE PAINT DESIGNED FOR SPORT HUNTERS. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE IMAGE CITATION FOR THE OBJECT IS REFERENCED AS FOLLOWS, "3198 #107 X-1352". THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (870, 880 - 882, 884, 885, 949, 965, & 970).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the printed & handwritten inscriptions upon COMPONENTS (A & B) is transcribed in full,as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, printed inscription] "NOV 69 •" / [COMPONENT (A), reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "A KODAK PAPER [repeatedly printed in a graphic motif]" / [COMPONENT (B), obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "1 camo [sic] 4 wheel drive for the woods" / [COMPONENT (B), reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "PERMAN [illegible/incomplete] CAMOUF [illegible/incomplete] PAIN [illegible/incomplete] / MADE IN U.S.A. / HUNTER'S SPECIALTIES / For Sportsmen by Sportsm [illegible/incomplete] / Cedar Rapids, Iowa"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 2.1g (Weight of COMPONENT (A) only)
    • Item Length: 8.5cm
    • Item Width: 8.8cm
    • 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 #107 X-1352".

    Dimensions listed above are for COMPONENT (A) only. Measurements for COMPONENT (B) are as follows:

    [COMPONENT (B)]:
    10.0cm (L) X 11.5cm (W) X 1.0g (Weight)
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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.