World War II V-Mail - JeriDobrowski

Victory Mail, more commonly known as V-Mail, operated during World War II to expedite mail service for American armed forces overseas. Moving the rapidly expanding volume of wartime mail posed hefty problems for the Post Office, War, and Navy Departments. Officials sought to reduce the bulk and weight of letters, and found a model in the British Airgraph Service started in 1941 that microfilmed messages for dispatch.

V-Mail used standardized stationery and microfilm processing to produce lighter, smaller cargo. Space was made available for other war supplies and more letters could reach military personnel faster around the globe.

This new mode of messaging launched on June 15, 1942. V-Mail assisted with logistical issues while acknowledging the value of communication. In 41 months of operation, letter writers using the system helped provide a significant lifeline between the frontlines and home.

SOURCE: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/victorymail/index.html

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How V-Mail Got from Sender to Recipient: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/victorymail/operating/flipbook_flash.html

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View two-minute newsreel describing V-Mail,
"New Service Speeds Mail to U.S. Troops, 1944," produced by the Office of War Information, SOURCE: National Archives (208-UN-113): http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/victorymail/video/PostalMuseum.wmv

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IMAGE: National Archives (44-PA-2251A)
SOURCE: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/victorymail/letter/photo6_index.html