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V-Mail, 1942

From The Chatsworth Times
August 27, 1942

V-Mail Service Now Available
Locally for Army Letters

V-Mail Service, a quicker and safer means of communication with members of our armed forces stationed outside the continental United States is now available for citizens of Murray county. The postage, as for an ordinary letter, is three cents, except for air mail service which is six cents.

Miss Ruth Redmond, postmaster, has V-mail letter sheets for distribution at the postoffice. Many families and friends here of boys overseas have already made use of the new service, it was learned.

V-mail letters are photographed on microfilm by automatic machines at the rate of 2,000 to 2,500 per hour. The film rolls containing 1,500 letters each are transmitted to destination. Reproductions are then made by other automatic machines and delivered to the addressee in individual sealed window penalty envelopes.

Facilities for photographing and reproducing V-mail to and from the United States and the British Isles, Australia, India, Hawaii and other points are now in operation. A similar service is being planned for Iceland and other points where the volume may warrant. If a message is addressed to or from a point where V-mail equipment is not in operation, it will be transmitted in the original form by the most expeditious means of transportation.

Naturally it is important that the message be printed or typed very clearly. The form on which messages must be written for V-mail service is about the size of an ordinary sheet of note paper. Therefore a correspondence with a longer message than one sheet will take care of must use two or more separate forms. The completed message is folded, sealed, stamped and dropped in the postoffice like any other letter.

The public is urged to use this service at every opportunity. Because of the small space taken up by the rolls of film, these communications can often be carried on ferry panes or bombers. Every pound of weight which can be savid on air transport overseas, said the Postoffice Department, means that an equivalent amount of weight can be afforded vital military materials.

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