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Accession number: 2017.29.10
Category: Writing Media
Date: 1941 – 1944
Materials: Paper
Measurements: 13.9 cm L x 10.7 cm WAirgraphs
Measurements: 13.9 cm L x 10.7 cm W x 11.8 cm L x 9.2 cm WEnvelope
Description: Three airgraphs and one airgraph envelope
.1) Christmas card from 1944 sent by William Adams; image of the Mediterranean sea in the centre and greeting along the bottom; Six postmarks on back
.2) Christmas card sent by William Adams; Sketch of three soldiers standing in front of a building; Greeting along bottom
.3) Letter sent to William Adams in 1941 
.4) Airgraph envelope; tan paper with plastic window
History of Use: V-mail or Victory Mail, was a hybrid mail process used primarily by Americans during Second World War as a primary and secure method to correspond with soldiers stationed abroad. The standard size stationary was thought to be effective in reducing the cost of transferring an original letter through the military postal system as the V-mail letter would be censored, copied to film, and printed back to paper upon arrival at its destination. The V-mail process is based on the earlier British Airgraph process.