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

note, handwritten

CATALOG NUMBER

VIVE 09635

ACCESSION DATE

10/22/1986

ASSOCIATED NAMES ON THE WALL
ITEM SUMMARY

Handwritten note dedicated to U.S. Army Captain (CPT) Michael Edward Berdy. The note is handwritten upon the reverse surface of a business card, which bears the handwritten dedication, "For Michael Berdy & friends." The note is dated, "Oct. 12, 1986" and reads, "The children and parents of P.S. 194, The Raoul Wallenberg School in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y. thank you all for your heroism. / Rest In Peace". A commemorative Raoul Wallenberg School, P.S. 194 button is also affixed to the reverse surface of the business card. The artifact was left at The Wall by students and parents of The Raoul Wallenberg School, P.S. 194 (Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York) on October 12, 1986.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

HANDWRITTEN NOTE DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN (CPT) MICHAEL EDWARD BERDY. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A NOTE HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF A BUSINESS CARD. THE BUSINESS CARD IS COMPRISED OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF WHITE CARDSTOCK WITH TEXT PRINTED AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT/ARABIC NUMERALS. ORIGINALLY BELONGING TO A PEST CONTROL COMPANY, THE PRINTED BUSINESS NAME AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE HAS BEEN CROSSED OUT BY HAND IN BLACK INK AND REPLACED WITH A DEDICATION HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT READING, "FOR MICHAEL BERDY & FRIENDS", WHILE THE BUSINESS PHONE NUMBER, "(212) 646-6161" PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND ARABIC NUMERALS AT THE UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE HAS BEEN CHANGED BY HAND IN BLACK INK TO READ, "(718) 646-6161". THE PHRASES, "FULL SERVICE PEST CONTROL COMPANY / INSPECTIONS - ESTIMATES - F.H.A. - V.A., ETC." ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT IMMEDIATELY BELOW THE CROSSED OUT BUSINESS NAME AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASES, "EXTERMINATING CONSULTANTS / E.P.A. CERTIFIED" ARE PRINTED IN BLACK INK AND BLOCK SCRIPT AT THE LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BUSINESS CARD. THE HANDWRITTEN NOTE UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BUSINESS CARD IS DATED, "OCT. 12, 1986" AND READS, "THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS OF P.S. 194, THE RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHOOL IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY, BROOKLYN, N.Y. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HEROISM. / REST IN PEACE." AFFIXED TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BUSINESS CARD, BELOW THE HANDWRITTEN NOTE, IS A COMMEMORATIVE RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHOOL, P.S. 194 BUTTON. THE COMMEMORATIVE BUTTON CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED METAL DISK WITH A PRINTED PAPER GRAPHIC AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE ENCASED IN A CLEAR SEALANT LAYER. THE PRINTED GRAPHIC IS COMPRISED OF A DARK BLUE BACKGROUND FIELD CHARGED AT THE CENTER WITH A PRINTED YELLOW GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF A DOVE IN FLIGHT (FACING TO THE PROPER RIGHT-HAND SIDE). THE PHRASE, "THE RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHOOL" IS PRINTED IN YELLOW INK AND ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE UPPER EDGE OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE COMMEMORATIVE BUTTON, WHILE THE CORRESPONDING PHRASE, "P.S. 194" IS SIMILARLY PRINTED IN YELLOW INK AND ARCHED, BLOCK SCRIPT ALONG THE LOWER EDGE. THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE IS POLISHED STEEL [?] OR ALUMINUM [?] METAL IN APPEARANCE AND FEATURES A SINGLE PIN/CLASP BACKING WHICH PRESENTLY ATTACHES THE COMMEMORATIVE BUTTON TO THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE BUSINESS CARD. ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, THE NPS RANGER'S LOG ENTRY REFERRING TO THIS ARTIFACT IS RECORDED, AS FOLLOWS: "10/49".

ACCESSION GROUP

VIVE-00031

RECORD COPONENT QTY

2

ASSOCIATED ITEM TEXT

Text of the printed & handwritten inscriptions upon the various object surfaces is transcribed in full, as follows: [Business card, obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "(212) 646-6161 / Full Service Pest Control Company / Inspections - Estimates - F.H.A. - V.A., Etc. / Exterminating Consultants / E.P.A. Certified" / [Business card, obverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "For Michael Berdy & friends. / (718)" / [Business card, reverse object surface, handwritten inscriptions] "Oct. 12, 1986 / The children and parents of P.S. 194, The Raoul Wallenberg School in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, N.Y. thank you all for your heroism. / Rest In Peace" / [Commemorative button, obverse object surface, printed inscriptions] "THE RAOUL WALLENBERG SCHOOL P.S. 194"

ITEM DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Item Weight: 12.8g (Collective weight of business card & commemorative button)
Item Length: 5.0cm
Item Width: 8.8cm