With the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, America entered WWII and patriotism soon became a way of life for everyone. Everyone was involved. We were at war and were in it to win. Our nation needed fighting men and we gave without hesitation our sons, husbands, fathers and sweethearts. With millions of Americans enlisting or being drafted, the United States Post Office became the lifeline between family and loved ones serving overseas.
Today I'm offering for sale a Lt. Henry Geissler's wife and family Scrap Book containing V-Mail, photos, and letters that she received and sent while her husband served in North Africa during WWII.
This wonderful piece of WWII history contains four photos of Lt. Henry Geissler and some of his fellow servicemen who served in North Africa, three hand written letters, an Honor Roll Dedication from Sunday, June Twentieth, 1943, in the city of Reading, Pennsylvania, a V-Mail envelope, and 108 pieces of V-Mail to his wife Nancy and his young daughter.
Lt. Geissler was a draftsman and helped in drafting plans for buildings and for creating roads and bridges while serving in North Africa. He sent V-Mails home dating from April 1943 through February 1944. Each letter from her husband is filled with the hope that all is fine at home and that everyone is in good health. His daughter is often mentioned in the V-Mails asking her how are things at school and how all her friends are and if she's helping mom around the house and that he can't wait to come home and spoil her. Each letter is light hearted and some are quite funny telling of the natives they made friends with and even a monkey that they adopted. What makes these V-Mail special is that you can follow Lt. Geissler's correspondence with his wife in order as she received them. Most of the time I've come across V-Mails, only a few at a time, never a group this large.
What is V-Mail? Nicknamed "funny mail" because of it's size--it became the link between our GI's and loved ones back home. Our servicemen and women would write in a blank space on one side of the paper and place it in the envelope. An Army Post Office overseas would collect their mail and an APO examiner would read it, deleting any parts the censor thought inappropriate for the family to hear about because of national security. The letter was photographed on 35mm film and sent home for developing at a Kodak plant and then sent to the addressee.
**Condition: The Scrap Book is very clean and bright with a slight bend in the cover from being stored improperly. The contents are in excellent condition, very clean and bright. All the V-Mails are in near mint condition.
Five long years Americans never wavered, supporting members of the Armed Forces at home and overseas by sacrificing their daily comforts because of food shortages, gas rationing, and everything else you can imagine they endured while making sure our great country stays free forever.
If your dad served during WWII I'm sure your he sent V-Mails home to your mom, please think to ask them if they still have them and maybe they'll let you read them. The Greatest Generation will never be forgotten and the V-Mail is the greatest way to keep their generation alive forever. God Bless Our Vets!!!
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