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To preserve your V-Mail materials and family letters, consult the National Postal Museum pdf: Preserving Your Letters.

For additional information on preservation, consult the National Postal Museum website: Preservation Primer for Collectors.

For articles on V-Mail in the National Postal Museum collection, see the archive for the "Object Spotlight".

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Government Sources

“An Official United States Government Information Program: Overseas Mail;” File E-NC-148-57/181; OWI Intelligence Digests, Office of War Information, Record Group 208; National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Adjutant General’s Office. FM-12-105 Field Manual: Army Postal Service. May 7, 1943.

Advertising Council Archives at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Annual Report of the Postmaster General for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1942. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1942.

Annual Report of the Postmaster General for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1943. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1944.

Annual Report of the Postmaster General for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1944. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1945.

Annual Report of the Postmaster General for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1945. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1946.

United States Army Service Forces. Adjutant General’s Office. Army Postal Service During World War II. December 31, 1945.

United States Post Office Department. A Wartime History of the Post Office Department: World War II 1939-1945. Washington, DC: Post Office Department, 1951.

“Use of V-Mail Service for Transmission of Photographs.” The Postal Bulletin Vol. 64 No. 18615 (July 2, 1943): 1.

Walker, Frank S. “Mail Service for Our Armed Forces.” The Postal Bulletin Vol. 63 No. 18450 (June 15, 1942): 1-5.

War Department. FM-11-150 Field Manual: Photomail Operation. April 1945.

News Articles

“Advertising News.” New York Times, March 21, 1944, 23.

“Drive to Popularize Use of V-Mail Is Due Shortly by Army and Navy.” Christian Science Monitor, December 28, 1994, 12.

McDonagh, Edward and Louise “War Anxieties of Soldiers and Their Wives.” Social Forces Vol.24, No.2, Dec. 1945, 195-200.

“Roosevelt Gets Two Messages Opening Overseas Service V-Mail.” New York Times, June 13, 1942, 17.

“Sabotage Women of America” by Rosemary Ames; File E-NC-148-57/181; OWI Intelligence Digests, Office of War Information, Record Group 208; National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

“Stamp News.” Washington Post, October 18, 1942, L7.

“Tribune Offer: Free V-Mail Photos for Dads.” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 11, 1943, W1.

“Tons of V-Mail Swell Chicago Paper Salvage.” Chicago Daily Tribune, February 24, 1994, 26.

“V-Mail Babies Make New Bows.” Chicago Daily Tribune, April 1, 1945, N1.

“V-Mail Pictures Honor Mothers Who Carry On.” Chicago Daily Tribune, May 13, 1945, SW2.

Secondary Sources

Boyle, Jr., Thomas H. Airmail Operations During World War II. New York: American Air Mail Society, 1998.

Cosentini, George. “Modern Commentary: V-Mail Notes.” The United States Post Office in World War II: The U.S. Government’s Classic ‘A Wartime History of the Post Office Department’ in a New Illustrated Edition with Modern Commentaries. Ed. Lawrence Sherman. Chicago: The Collectors Club of Chicago, 2002.

Dawson, Victoria. “V-as in Victory Mail.” Smithsonian. May 2004.

Hay, Ian. The Post Office Went to War. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office. 1946.

Hayhurst O.B.E., J.D. “The Pigeon Post into Paris 1870-1871,” Copyright 1970, John Hayhurst: http://www.cix.co.uk/~mhayhurst/jdhayhurst/pigeon/pigeon.html (Accessed June 20, 2007).

Hudson, James W. Victory Mail of World War II: V-Mail, The Funny Mail. Author, Xlibris, 2007. http://www.talesofwar.com.

Goldman, Albert. The New York, N.Y. Post Office During the War Years 1941-1945. New York: Judicial Printing Co., 1949.

Litoff, Judy Barret and David C. Smith, “’Will He Get My Letter?’ Popular Portrayals of Mail and Morale During World War II.” Journal of Popular Culture 23 (Spring 1990): 21-43.