Arago: Mailing Containers

Mailing Containers

V-Mail stationery


The white fiberboard box contains V-Mail stationery produced by the Wolf Envelope Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The large red “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.

c. 1942-1945
United States Official / V...-MAIL / For the Armed Forces / For rush Micro-film Mail / to our Armed Forces overseas; On top and bottom edges of box lid: "30 V...-MAIL LETTER SHEET ENVELOPES"; On right and left edges of box lid: "For Rush Micro-film Mail to our Armed Forces / MFG. BY THE WOLF ENVELOPE CO. CLEVELAND [red star] POST OFFICE DEPT. PERMIT NO. 15"; Written in pencil on front of lid in upper right hand corner: "MINT 55 / FOREIGN 2 / USED 5 / 62"
paper; cardboard; ink
Overall: 24.8 x 15.2 x 2.9cm (9 3/4 x 6 x 1 1/8in.)
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Place of Origin:
Cleveland, Ohio

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