And so it begins, the dreaded V-mail. I am not sure why but apparently my grandfather hated V-mail. In flipping through some of the V-mail (there are over 150 pieces in the collection), I have seen a couple comments to the effect of “I know you hate V-mail…” when addressed to my grandfather. Despite this, my grandmother wrote over 160 pieces of V-mail, dated from September 1942 through February 1944. She still continued to write him regular old letters, too. Sometimes it was more convenient to send V-mail, and sometimes she ran out of the forms so she had to stick with old-fashioned pen & paper.
If you are not familiar with V-mail, please read the Wikipedia article to understand the process and the history behind this type of war correspondence.
Dear Daddy- Hello from John & Mark
Hoping you would get this some speedier than an ordinary letter I thought I would start using V-mail. The post office furnishes this stationary. Perhaps you may use the same service. Since there isn’t much space I won’t indent paragraphs. I was able to get up and go out into the yard and see the flowers yesterday. Mark gathered a boquet [sic] and took to Arlene. Says the new baby looks like Bobby. I haven’t felt well enough to go down yet, but hope to soon. Had a letter from Ruthie. Lec and Dot’s husband are both going into service and Dot has gone back to her Mother. Ruth and Floyd hope to go home for the weekend so if Dad is better maybe your Mother will come up for a visit. I doubt if Dad is well enough yet for her to leave him. Mother had a letter from Jim and his camp is being moved to Yorktown. He says he is going to have Thelma come there to live also mentioned Mother coming for a visit. She will be ready for a vacation after I come back home,