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Posted 01/01/2011   6:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was recently browsing an on-line edition of Life Magazine from World War II (1943) and came upon this ad:

http://books.google.com/books?id=Lk...Mail&f=false

I never heard of the concept before so I did a bit more research and came up with this info. and 2-minute newsreel on the subject.

http://postalmuseum.si.edu/VictoryM...index.html#1

This must have been a well-known product in it's day but I only learned about it recently and thought it to be a great piece of postal history.
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Posted 01/01/2011   7:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Neat.

I like the Pepsi-Cola ad down a few pages.
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Posted 01/01/2011   10:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Is there any way to save those Life images on HDD?

I have the Life Magazine in question,
but their scans are better.

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Posted 01/02/2011   12:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wt1, thanks for the link. V-mail was such an important morale booster for the servicemen and their loved ones. Many magazine ad from companies were about V-mail.




V-mail letter pack


Outside


Inside


Instructions
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Posted 01/02/2011   12:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
WT1,
Thanks for making me feel old!
My dad used to send them when he served in WWII. They are small. Here's what one looks like:

Cover:




The letter was a photostatic copy folded inside:





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Posted 01/02/2011   12:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add danstamps54 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
While I was copying away, Russ posted a good example of what V-mail looked like before it was photocopied.

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Danstamps, Thanks these were truly bright lights during a dark time. Many universities are now building collections of these because of the significance. I know the Duke and University of Nebraska both have thousands.
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Posted 01/02/2011   10:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Two great examples. Thanks for the scans!

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Posted 01/02/2011   6:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add backroads to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

I knew that I had one of these kicking about. Thought you might like to see it as the format is totally different and more whimsical than the ones alteady posted.




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Posted 01/02/2011   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
backroads, thanks never seen that one.
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Posted 01/02/2011   7:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


A V Mail Easter Greeting format (Not mine)

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Posted 01/02/2011   7:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The V-mail was sometimes referred to as the airgraph service for messages between servicemen and civilians. The message was written onto a special form that was then given an identification number and photographed onto microfilm. The miniature photographic negative was flown to its destination. Sending 1600 airgraphs on microfilm weighed just 5 ounces compared to 50 pounds for the same number of letters. The original was retained by PO so that if they were shot down the message could be resent. The original was eventually destroyed.
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Posted 01/02/2011   7:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Commonwealth version (not mine)
to New Zealand


to UK
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Posted 01/03/2011   01:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These are so neat. I really like that girl and the bird love note.

If the original was eventually destroyed then how do you folks have some of these? Were some actually sent on intact?
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Posted 02/19/2017   2:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Reviving this older thread on V Mail..

Quote:
If the original was eventually destroyed then how do you folks have some of these? Were some actually sent on intact?


the serviceman probably kept it.
Here are 4 v-mails my mom's brother in England sent their younger brother in 1944
From Lt Donald L Hunter 449th bombardment Sqd to S/Sgt Harold Hunter USMC El Toro and his new wife in Los Angles.

Uncle Don had flown all of his missions by Aug of 44, and decided to stay. His plane exploded on take-off in France March 23 1945. I was born less than two weeks later and have his name. Uncle Harold died 2 years ago, Aunt Laurie is still with us and facebooking at 93 years of age. She sent me these and other letters from Don last summer.



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Here's my example of a V-mail cover. No contents, sadly, but does show different style of corner card. Circa 1942, so earlier version than those shown above.

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