The Need to Sacrifice

V-Mail

V-mail was a system of microfilming letters on special V-mail letter sheets that were both stationary and envelope in one. Letters were written on this special paper, folded into the envelope form and secured with the pre-gummed closer. Letters were then reduced to a thumbnail sized image on microfilm. Rolls of film were then sent overseas to pre-attached destinations that could then develop the microfilmed letter back into paper format, and be distributed to the individual soldiers. V-mail ensured that thousands of tons of shipping space that paper letters would have taken up could be reserved for war materials.