V-Mail For Soldiers Is Proving Popular, 4 Sept 1942, Comanche County, Kansas Hosted by RootsWeb, the oldest & largest FREE genealogical site. Click here to visit RootsWeb.
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The Western Star, September 4, 1942.

V-Mail For Soldiers Is Proving Popular

Letters Are Photographed And Film Flown Overseas

V-Mail service, inaugurated on June 15, is now past the experimental stage, with each week showing large increases in the number of letters, mailed to American soldiers overseas, Eyman Phebus, postmaster at Coldwater announces.

Facilities for photographing and reproducing V-Mail to and from the United States and the British Isles, Australia, India, Hawaii and other points are now in operation. A similar service is being planned for Iceland and other points where the value may warrant.

Pointing out that V-Mail provides a safe means of communication with members of our Armed Forces, the postmaster gave assurances that the film (upon which the communications are reproduced) are given the most expeditious dispatch available. Because of the small space taken by the rolls of film, they often can be carried on ferry planes or bombers.

Every pound of weight which can be saved on air transports overseas, said Mr. Phebus, means that an equivalent amount of weight can be allotted vital military material.

In recognition of this, and in an effort to insure, delivery of mail to as many men as possible at overseas destinations when space is limited, the war and navy departments have directed that V-Mail be given priority in dispatch over all other classes - including air mail when transportation facilities under control of those departments are used.

Examples of V-mail may be seen at the following Barber County, Kansas: History & Genealogy pages:

V-mail letter from Cpl. Max McLain to M.F. McLain. Postmarked: July 1945.

V-mail from Raymond Harold 'Bill' Hoagland, US Navy, World War II, to his aunt, Nina Hoagland.

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