Money-Making Schemes: V-Mail
November 12, 2009 by honey.badger
V-mail. Enlarged reproduction from V-mail microfilm are made on a continuous enlarger at the Pentagon building, Washington, D.C. V-mail is available to and from the armed forces stationed outside the United States. It is only 1/65th the weight of ordinary mail and saves ninety-eight percent of the cargo space required for ordinary letters. 1,600 letters can be placed on a roll of film little larger than a pack of cigarettes. 1943 Feb. (Library of Congress)
I’d like to know what genius was behind V-mail.
Sure, they could get 1600 letters onto a piece of film “little larger than a pack of cigarettes” and loads was saved on postage, but an entire infrastructure had to be built on both ends in order for anyone to get mail addressed to them, and the mail was extra late in getting there and difficult to read once you got it.
Someone made a boatload of money on this. I’d like to know who.