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Photo, Print, Drawing V-mail. V-mail is inspected for flaws on an enlarging "reader" 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

[ digital file from original neg. ]

About this Item

Title

  • V-mail. V-mail is inspected for flaws on an enlarging "reader" 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

Names

  • United States. Office of War Information.

Created / Published

  • 1943 Feb.

Headings

  • -  United States--District of Columbia--Washington (D.C.)

Headings

  • Nitrate negatives.

Genre

  • Nitrate negatives

Notes

  • -  Actual size of negative is C (approximately 4 x 5 inches).
  • -  Image source: U.S. Army Signal Corps.
  • -  Title and other information from caption card.
  • -  Transfer; United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944.
  • -  More information about the FSA/OWI Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.fsaowi
  • -  Film copy on SIS roll 33, frame 877.

Medium

  • 1 negative : nitrate ; 4 x 5 inches or smaller.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LC-USE6- D-008908 [P&P] LOT 1907 (corresponding photographic print)

Source Collection

  • Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

Repository

Digital Id

  • fsa 8b08027 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b08027

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2017696446

Reproduction Number

  • LC-USE6-D-008908 (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-DIG-fsa-8b08027 (digital file from original neg.)

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

The contents of the Library of Congress Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives are in the public domain and are free to use and reuse.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives.

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  • Rights Advisory: See Rights and Restrictions Information Page
  • Reproduction Number: LC-USE6-D-008908 (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-DIG-fsa-8b08027 (digital file from original neg.)
  • Call Number: LC-USE6- D-008908 [P&P] LOT 1907 (corresponding photographic print)
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Chicago citation style:

United States Office Of War Information. V-mail. V-mail is inspected for flaws on an enlarging "reader" 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. United States Washington D.C. District of Columbia Washington D.C, 1943. Feb. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017696446/.

APA citation style:

United States Office Of War Information. (1943) V-mail. V-mail is inspected for flaws on an enlarging "reader" 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. United States Washington D.C. District of Columbia Washington D.C, 1943. Feb. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2017696446/.

MLA citation style:

United States Office Of War Information. V-mail. V-mail is inspected for flaws on an enlarging "reader" 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. Feb. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2017696446/>.