V-Mail facsimile letter
This V-Mail facsimile letter was sent by Private Edward C. Franklin at APO 34 (this APO was located in Anzio, Italy as of letter's date April 3, 1945) to Reverend Floyd S. Leach in Norton, Connecticut.
Private Franklin describes in his message some of the vagaries of wartime mail: "I hope you can read this after microfilming - I am writing by a candle, and my pen doesn't feed very well. A box came for me from Mar 27th, from Stamford, which was mailed Oct. 10th to the same address your cake was - so let's not despair! Fruit cake lasts well - (and makes a big hit with my buddies!)."
The facsimile, the military’s term for the V-Mail photographic print produced from enlargement of 16 mm microfilm, measured one-quarter the size of the original letter sheet. Depending on the equipment and staffing available at the V-Mail stations around the globe, the facsimiles were either prepared by John Dickinson & Co. machinery (also used for the British Airgraph service) or individually cut, folded, inserted into envelopes, and sealed by hand.
To: Dr. Floyd S. Leach, St. Luke's Church, Noroton, Conn.
From: Pfc. E.C. Franklin, 32279416, Cn.Co., 135 Reg't., A.P.O. 34, c/o P.M., N.Y.C.
Date: April 3rd, 1945
April 3rd ,1945 -
Spring - Italy:
Dear Dr. Leach,
It was very kind of you to write me, as you did, with all you have on your hands already. Yours of Mar. 19th reached me on Easter Sunday, a beautiful Spring day
over here, as I trust it was in Connecticut. As I said to a pal, "our relatives and friends will have to do all the praying for us today", for we spent the day digging!
It was some wee consolation to think that, had I been home, on that property so big for a single lady to handle, I'd have been doing the same thing! - (with an hour out
I hope you can read this after microfilming - I am writing by a candle, and my pen doesn't feed very well. A box came for me from Mar 27th, from Stamford, which was mailed Oct. 10th to the same address your cake was - so let's not despair! Fruit cake lasts well - (and makes a big hit with my buddies!)
Mother enjoys your visits, + tells me of each occasion, describing you as "a dear." Did you ever get called that before, in your professional capacity? [smiley face] Don't feel you must write me personally - I know you are a busy man. But thanks a lot for your letter. My best to Mrs. Leach + yourself,
Sincerely ever, Edward