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

print, color photographic

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 01395

ACCESSION DATE

11/12/1985

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Color photographic print dedicated to U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Gary Michael Smith. The print is an 'in-country' image captured in Vietnam which depicts two (2) young, Caucasian-American servicemen in military issue field attire (i.e. OG-107 tropical combat trousers) standing next to a field radio inside a plywood military structure lit by a single, bare light bulb. The artifact was left at The Wall along with another color photographic print (VIVE (1580)), a funeral program (VIVE (1791)), & a handwritten letter (VIVE (1998)) by an anonymous donor between August - November 1985.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY STAFF SERGEANT (SSG) GARY MICHAEL SMITH. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A COLOR PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (LANDSCAPE ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE, KODAK BRAND PHOTO PAPER WITH A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE 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 TWO (2) YOUNG, CAUCASIAN-AMERICAN SERVICEMEN WEARING MILITARY ISSUE FIELD ATTIRE (I.E. ONE (1) MAN SHIRTLESS AND WEARING A PAIR OF OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS AND THE OTHER WEARING A WHITE UNDERSHIRT AND A PAIR OF OG-107 TROPICAL COMBAT TROUSERS). THE TWO (2) MEN ARE STANDING NEXT TO A FIELD RADIO, WITH THE SHIRTLESS MAN IN THE BACKGROUND LEANING TOWARDS THE CAMERA AND SMILING WHILE THE MAN IN THE UNDERSHIRT AT THE FOREGROUND GLANCES OVER HIS RIGHT SHOULDER IN THE DIRECTION OF THE CAMERA, UPON A TABLE BELOW A BANK OF WINDOWS INSIDE A LIGHTLY-CONSTRUCTED, PLYWOOD MILITARY STRUCTURE. THE TABLE AND RADIO ARE LIT BY A SINGLE, BARE LIGHT BULB, WHILE TWO (2) CLIPBOARDS BEARING PRINTED DOCUMENTS HANG UPON THE WALLS AT THE PROPER RIGHT- AND LEFT-HAND SIDES OF THE TWO (2) FIGURES. THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS CHARACTERIZED BY A GRAPHIC MOTIF COMPRISED OF A SERIES OF PRINTED, VERTICAL, PARALLEL YELLOW LINES AND THE PHRASE, "KODAK PAPER" PRINTED IN GRAY INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IN A REPEATED PATTERN. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (1580, 1791, & 1998).

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00015

RECORD COPONENT QTY

1

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the printed inscription upon the reverse object surface is transcribed in full, as follows: "KODAK PAPER"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 2.5g
Item Length: 8.8cm
Item Width: 12.6cm