During World War II, V-Mail became a popular way to correspond with a servicemember overseas. V-Mail letters were written on forms that were photographed, put on film, flown across the world and then reproduced at the mail center closest to the recipient's position. The development of the V-Mail system reduced the time it took a soldier to receive a letter by a month, to twelve days or less. V-Mail was very compact, saving space and weight for crucial military supplies on cargo planes.
Mail call in the barracks at Fort Belvoir, VA, January 1943.
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