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V-Mail stationery

Description:

The red, white and blue paper sleeve contains V-Mail stationery produced by the Wolf Envelope Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The large “V” and the letter’s “..._” Morse code designation advertise the product’s patriotic association with America’s war efforts.

During the Second World War private companies with postal permits manufactured V-Mail letter sheets meeting strict specifications for printing and paper quality. The 8.5 by 11 inch page had to be of uniform weight, grade, and grain in order to properly work in the microfilm machinery that reduced V-Mail for speedy and lightweight shipping to and from soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen serving overseas. The permit number was generally placed in the bottom right margin; in this case, it is number 15.

Such V-Mail supplies were widely sold in neighborhood stores and helped quickly expand the distribution of the specialized letter writing materials. To further encourage Americans to use V-Mail, the Post Office Department and the military made the stationery available for free to the armed forces and civilians. Patrons could get two sheets per day from their local post office. The Government Printing Office (GPO) produced this free stationery and marked it with the agency’s name.

Date:
c. 1942-1945
Markings:
25 Official UNITED STATES / V...-MAIL / [instructions for use] / Gets there quicker ...- is answered quicker / *Speed your Letters to our / Armed Forces Overseas by / Micro-film Photo-graph. / 25 V...-MAIL LETTER SHEET ENVELOPES; Beneath envelope flap on reverse: "THE WOLF ENVELOPE CO., CLEVELAND / POST OFFICE DEPT. PERMIT NO. 15 / LOT NO. V-2"
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Other (.79.1): 23.5 x 14.3cm (9 1/4 x 5 5/8in.) Other (.79.2): 23.5 x 14.3cm (9 1/4 x 5 5/8in.) Other (.79.3): 24.6 x 17.1cm (9 11/16 x 6 3/4in.)
Museum ID:
2007.2004.79.1-.3
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Place of Origin:
Cleveland, Ohio

  • V-mail stationery sleeve
  • V-mail stationery sleeve
  • V-mail letter sheet
  • V-mail letter sheet
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