[No Place]: United States Post Office, [circa 1940's].
Envelope containing 16 black V-mail, Victory mail, sheets for corresponding to troops overseas during World War II. Slight age toning with chips and tears on the envelope else about near fine. Based on the British Airgraph system invented by Kodak in the early 1930's, the United States' Victory Mail helped deal with the problems of paper useage and mail weight. The National Postal Museum claims, "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."