"Will He Get My Letter?" Popular Portrayals of Mail and Morale During World War II

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Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. in the Journal of Popular Culture, volume 23 issue 4, 1990. Bryant users may access this article here.

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Journal of Popular Culture


During World War II, US war planners recognized the powerful effect that mail had on morale both for US troops and on the "home front," and the popular image of "mail call" and efforts such as V-Mail demonstrate efforts to address this crucial point. V-Mail was photographed and shipped overseas with a speed that is remarkable even today; soldiers often had the four-by-five and one-half inch photographs of their loved ones' letters within 10 days.