V-mail procedures including cutting, microfilming, transport, photographic enlargement, and processing during WWII.
United States USA Date:1943 Duration:4 min 55 sec Sound:Yes
The use of V-mail (Victory Mail) by the United States during World War II. V-mail procedures including cutting, microfilming, transport, photographic enlargement, and processing. A poster promoting the use of V-mail. Women in a line at a post office. The post office staff at counter windows serves the customers. A woman collects a V-mail letter, writes her message and then addresses the letter. The preferred use of a softer pencil in V-mails. Cutting: Specially trained soldiers unpack the V-mails and use a cutting machine to open each mail. Processing: The experienced staff sorts mails into the respective destination groups at sorting tables. Soldiers open mails to photograph them. A soldier sorts mail that can't be photographed and are to be sent back. These mails include stamps, enclosures, snapshots and bad writing. The correct mails are then sorted into given numbers in bundles. Microfilming: Women use Airgraph machines to photograph each mail on 16mm films. 1600 mails on 100 feet of film. The complete reels are sent for developing. Women put in new reels of negatives into the cameras. Developers dry the film reels. Stacks of reels on a table. Soldiers pack the reels into sacks. A sea plane transports the reels to major destination points. The reels are delivered to an officer. He unpacks the reels and sends them to the printing room. Enlargement: Enlargement machines are used to enlarge the snapshots. Men and women operate the printing machines. Soldiers with the printed facsimiles on tables. Processing: Women slice the prints into separate letters. Machines used to insert facsimiles into V-mail envelopes and seal them. The mails are then sent to the exact destinations by ordinary post. Soldiers gather around as a comrade distributes mail at a U.S. military base in the combat area.
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