note, handwritten
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From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.

note, handwritten

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 00612

ACCESSION DATE

02/12/1985

ITEM SUMMARY

Handwritten note upon a sheet torn from a spiral calendar page dated February 1986. The note reads, "I'm so sorry Frankie - / I know we left you - / I hope you didn't suffer too much - / give them hell -". The artifact was left at The Wall by an anonymous Vietnam veteran between November 1984 - February 1985.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND CURSIVE SCRIPT UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED PAPER TORN FROM A SPIRAL NOTEBOOK CALENDAR PAGE DATED FEBRUARY 1986. THE HANDWRITTEN INSCRIPTION UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET READS, "I'M SO SORRY FRANKIE - / I KNOW WE LEFT YOU - / I HOPE YOU DIDN'T SUFFER TOO MUCH - / GIVE THEM HELL-". THE YEAR, "1986" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET ALSO BEARS NUMEROUS HORIZONTAL, PARALLEL LINES PRE-PRINTED IN BROWN INK AND CORRESPONDING TO DATES FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 1986 (E.G. "FEB. 1", "FEB. 2", ETC.) PRINTED IN A SINGLE COLUMN IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS ALONG THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET. ALONG THE UPPER, CENTER EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET THE PHRASE, "1985 COMMEMORATIVE DAYS, HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS" IS PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. THE TITLES OF TWENTY-TWO (22) RECOGNIZED HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS (E.G. "NEW YEAR'S DAY", "MEMORIAL DAY", "YOM KIPPUR", ETC.) ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT IN A SINGLE COLUMN ALONG THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET. TWENTY-TWO (22) DATES CORRESPONDING TO THE PREVIOUSLY REFERENCED LIST OF HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ITALICIZED SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS IN A SINGLE COLUMN ALONG THE PROPER LEFT-HAND EDGE OF THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET.

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00005

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten and printed inscriptions upon the obverse and reverse object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Obverse object surface, handwritten inscription] "I'm so sorry Frankie - / I know we left you - / I hope you didn't suffer too much - / give them hell -" / [Obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "1986 / FEB. 1 / FEB. 2 / FEB. 3 / FEB. 4 / FEB. 5 / FEB. 6 / FEB. 7 / FEB. 8 / FEB. 9 / FEB. 10 / FEB. 11 / FEB. 12 / FEB. 13 / FEB. 14 / FEB. 15 / FEB. 16 / FEB. 17 / FEB. 18 / FEB. 19 / FEB. 20 / FEB. 21 / FEB. 22 / FEB. 23 / FEB. 24 / FEB. 25 / FEB. 26 / FEB. 27 / FEB. 28" / [Reverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "1985 COMMEMORATIVE DAYS, HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS / NEW YEAR'S DAY JANUARY 1 / LINCOLN'S BIRTHDAY FEBRUARY 12 / ST. VALENTINE'S DAY FEBRUARY 14 / WASHINGTON'S HOLIDAY FEBRUARY 18 / ASH WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 20 / ST. PATRICK'S DAY MARCH 17 / GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 5 / PASSOVER APRIL 6 / EASTER SUNDAY APRIL 7 / MOTHER'S DAY MAY 12 / MEMORIAL DAY MAY 27 / FATHER'S DAY JUNE 16 / INDEPENDENCE DAY JULY 4 / LABOR DAY SEPTEMBER 2 / ROSH HASHANAH SEPTEMBER 16 / YOM KIPPUR SEPTEMBER 25 / COLUMBUS DAY OCTOBER 14 / HALLOWEEN OCTOBER 31 / VETERAN'S DAY NOVEMBER 11 / THANKSGIVING DAY NOVEMBER 28 / HANUKAH DECEMBER 8 / CHRISTMAS DAY DECEMBER 25"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 1.1g
Item Length: 15.2cm
Item Width: 10.1cm