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

assemblage

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 01209

ACCESSION DATE

09/22/1994

ITEM SUMMARY

Artifact assemblage dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Bernard Birenbaum and U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Edward Eugene Blumer and consisting of a handwritten note affixed to six (6) cans of Schlitz brand beer. The note is addressed, "DEAR MICHAEL", is signed, "LOVE, / Jeff", and reads, "HERE'S SOME BEER TO GO WITH THE FOOD AND THE SMOKES (SORRY, NO BA MUOI BA IS AVAILABLE IN RALEIGH). / BERNIE BIRENBAUM'S (3E52) GOT THE SMOKES AND EDDIE BLUMER'S (29E38) GOT REAL FOOD." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall by a donor identified only as, "Jeff" on August 5, 1994.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

ASSEMBLAGE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) BERNARD BIRENBAUM AND U.S. MARINE CORPS LANCE CORPORAL (LCPL) EDWARD EUGENE BLUMER AND CONSISTING OF: COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN NOTE & COMPONENTS (B - G) SIX (6) SCHLITZ BRAND BEER CANS. COMPONENT (A) HANDWRITTEN NOTE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK MARKER AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, LINED NOTEBOOK PAPER. THE NOTE IS ADDRESSED, "DEAR MICHAEL", IS SIGNED, "LOVE, / JEFF / 8/5/94", AND READS, "HERE'S SOME BEER TO GO WITH THE FOOD AND THE SMOKES (SORRY, NO BA MUOI BA IS AVAILABLE IN RALEIGH). / BERNIE BIRENBAUM'S (3E52) GOT THE SMOKES AND EDDIE BLUMER'S (29E38) GOT REAL FOOD." TWO (2) CIRCULARLY SHAPED HOLES ARE PUNCHED THROUGH THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND CORNERS OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE SHEET, THROUGH WHICH IS STRUNG A LENGTH OF BRAIDED, KNOTTED YELLOW CORD WHICH CONNECTS THE HANDWRITTEN NOTE TO THE SIX (6) BEER CANS (COMPONENTS (B - G)). COMPONENTS (B - G) SIX (6) SCHLITZ BRAND BEER CANS. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF SIX (6) CYLINDRICALLY SHAPED, ALUMINUM METAL SCHLITZ BRAND BEER CANS EACH BEARING A PULL TAB STYLE OPENING AT THE UPPER OBJECT SURFACE AS WELL AS GRAPHIC DESIGN ELEMENTS SCREENED UPON EACH INDIVIDUAL CAN IN RED, WHITE, BLUE, & GOLD INK AND BLOCK/CURSIVE SCRIPT & ARABIC NUMERALS. COMPONENTS (B - G) ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO ONE ANOTHER VIA A CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC RING-STYLE HOLDER AND NUMEROUS STRIPS OF CLEAR, ADHESIVE PACKING TAPE WRAPPED ABOUT THEIR EXTERIOR SURFACES. COMPONENT (A) IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO COMPONENTS (B - G) VIA A LENGTH OF BRAIDED, KNOTTED YELLOW CORD. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE OBJECT WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED IN THE NEW ZEALAND EXHIBITION (VVM98), AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI) EXHIBITON (2007).

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00133

RECORD COPONENT QTY

9

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the handwritten inscription upon COMPONENT (A) is transcribed in full, as follows: [COMPONENT (A), obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "DEAR MICHAEL- / HERE'S SOME BEER TO GO WITH THE FOOD AND THE SMOKES (SORRY, NO BA MUOI BA IS AVAILABLE IN RALEIGH). / BERNIE BIRENBAUM'S (3E52) GOT THE SMOKES AND EDDIE BLUMER'S (29E38) GOT REAL FOOD. / LOVE, / Jeff / 8/5/94"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 100.0g (Collective weight of COMPONENTS (A - G))
Item Length: 11.5cm
Item Width: 7.25cm
Item Depth: 0.5cm (Thickness)