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"Reach Your Boy Overseas" WWII Vmail Poster by Jes William Schlaikjer (1942)

"Reach Your Boy Overseas" WWII Vmail Poster by Jes William Schlaikjer (1942)

This poster encourages friends and family to use "V-mail" (short for Victory Mail) when sending letters to troops overseas. V-Mail was a hybrid mail process used by the United States during the Second World War as the primary and secure method to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad.

To reduce the cost of transferring an original letter through the military postal system, Eastman Kodak entered a contract with the U.S. War Department to use Recordak machines to process V-mail. This process converted letters, after being censored, to thumbnail-sized images in negative microfilm. Upon arrival at their destination, the negatives would be blown up to 60% of their original size, 4 1/2 inches by 5 3/16 inches and printed.

V-mail ensured that thousands of tons of shipping space could be reserved for war materials. The 37 mail bags required to carry 150,000 one-page letters could be replaced by a single mail sack. The weight of that same amount of mail was reduced dramatically from 2,575 pounds to a mere 45.

Size*: 22.25" x 28"
Condition: Good to Very Good

Rolled. Linen backed and restored. The following issues were addressed during professional restoration: paper loss in the top corners, but solely in the blue areas. It had small paper loss in the center of the top border, slightly extending into the top right of the "y". It had a few small tears in that border. It had some minor wear on the folds and some smudges in the solid yellow areas. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects at close inspection.

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Poster Text:  Reach your boy overseas by Vmail, the letters that travel on film. Easy to use, surest- fastest- and most patriotic. Your stationer and Post Office have V...-mail letter forms. Schlaikjer. U.S. Government Printing Office: 1942 - O - 486595
Tags: WWII   Home Front  
Produced by:  U.S. Government Printing Office  
Artist/Designer(s): Jes William Schlaikjer  
* Sizes are approximate and given in good faith. Sizes are also given for the area of the item itself. Linen backing posters may slightly stretch the poster size, in addition posters often have a larger linen border that extends beyond the poster area. Measurements are for poster alone. Please contact us if you have any questions or you need to confirm exact size.
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