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V-Mail microphotograph

Description:

This portion of single-perforated 16 mm V-Mail microfilm has two rectangular perforations with rounded corners. The Kodak edge code of a circle followed by a triangle denotes the film reel was manufactured in 1943. The piece contains the negative image of one V-Mail letter written on April 1, 1944 by Pfc. Franklin E. Shue of the 456th AAA Battalion sent from APO 552 (Plympton, England) to Miss Laurine Gregory of Riddleton, Tennessee.

The Post Office, War and Navy Departments contracted with Kodak for microfilming services during World War II for the V-Mail service. Capturing images of personal letters on 16 mm microfilm helped reduce the strain that the high volume of mail placed on overseas shipping. Transporting reels of microfilm to be reproduced near the addressees’ location lightened the load, freed up cargo space for other supplies, and expedited the mail via air transport.

Date:
April 1, 1944
Markings:
[To] Miss Laurine Gregory / . . .
Medium:
cellulose acetate; emulsion
Dimensions:
Height x Width (microfilm): 3/8 x 3/8 in. (0.95 x 0.95 cm)
Museum ID:
2008.2016.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • V-Mail microphotograph
  • V-Mail microphotograph reprint inverted
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