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Posted 02/27/2019   01:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Gswarriorz510 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hope you enjoy the photos!

*here are two of the drawings found inside the v-mail envelopes* The guy was quite the character of his era! He would brag throughout the letters sent home about his multiple girlfriends in the service. He'd have them apply kisses with lipstick for mom and pop to see!!









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Posted 02/27/2019   03:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could someone please advise what V-mail is?
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1st cover: it's not always so for every city, but the number 34 is an internal postal zone code/number for part of Chicago. By the address, that's the Oak Park neighborhood area. Good to know. EDIT: Correctly identified by John Becker below.
5th cover: It looks like there is a picture in the photo contents. If so, can we see it? Pictures aren't very common with these, and are either drawn by someone for a whole unit and printed or mimeographed on V-Mail forms, or done by an individual.
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Posted 02/27/2019   08:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gettinold to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
V-Mail Envelope postmarked Feb 19 2019
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1st cover: it's not always so for every city, but the number 34 is an internal postal zone code/number for part of Chicago....


No, the 34 is just a machine number. Machines at Chicago typically had a station name in the dial in this era. Only the Boston area was "zoned" before the mid-1943 expansion of zones to 100+ cities
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Thank you redwoodrandy and Don, absolutely fascinating! The video posted by wt1 is well worth watching.
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Hey there folks sorry for the late response but yes there is a photo inside one of the envelopes. A pretty cool one at that! Hold on a second I'll post it
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Great stuff. The letter dated Oct 1, 1944 from Belgium-the US Army had just gained a toehold in the southern part of that country a few weeks earlier, and would get red hot a couple months later.

Cpl Wilbert L Gex enlisted in 1942 and was attached to the 244th Quartermaster Battalion.

"The 244th Quartermaster Battalion was constituted on 12 January 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi in preparation for overseas duty.

During World War II, the 244th Quartermaster Service Battalion participated in three battle campaigns, Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe. As a result of the battalion's outstanding combat service during World War II, it was awarded the European Theater Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and Streamer embroidered Normandy."





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Posted 03/02/2019   4:10 pm  Show Profile Check KRelyea's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KRelyea to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The cartoon V-Mail are worth a few $. Depending on subject I've sold these for $10-$75.
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Very interesting! Thanks for the information much appreciated
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