In contrast to free franking and V-Mail, airmail cost something, even for members of the armed forces.
How much more popular was airmail over V-Mail? It's difficult to find an answer that covers all units and locations, but the chief postal officer in the Mediterranean reported that in 1944, in his theater of operations, soldiers sent 72,875,077 V-Mails and 164,746,950 airmail letters--more than twice as many of the latter.
"The advantages of V-Mail
are extensive," remarks Hunt, "particularly since VCRs have a 91% penetration in U.S.
For unknown reasons, some of his letters home were delivered on V-mail
stationery rather than as photo prints.
I WAS DEEPLY TOUCHED by Bob Brophy's letter ["Veterans and Home Front Heroes," V-Mail
, June 2013].
"Who Killed the Sullivans?" [October 2012] interested me.
Mail them to V-Mail
, America in WWII, PO Box 4175, Harrisburg, PA 17111-0175, or e-mail them to email@example.com.
Other exhibits feature ration stamps and books, V-Mail
stationery, souvenir pillowcases, wedding photographs, and commemorations for men who died in training at Millville.