How V-Mail Won WWII
by Tom Weiner
Friday, November 2nd 12:15-12:45pm
Drawing from his book ‘Photographed Letters on Wings: How V-Mail Helped Win WWII,’ local retired educator Tom Weiner will tell the little known story of the 1.5 billion letters sent to and from England and America during World War II.
V, or Victory mail, was a valuable tool for the military during World War II.The process, which originated in England, was the microfilming of specially designed letter sheets. Instead of using valuable cargo space to ship whole letters overseas, microfilmed copies were sent in their stead and then “blown up” at an overseas destination before being delivered to military personnel.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program begins promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
About the Speaker
Tom Weiner is a retired 6th grade teacher who taught at the Smith College Campus School for 40 years. His first book, “Called to Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft”, was adapted into the play, “The Draft” by prize-winning playwright, Peter Snoad. He is currently writing a book about men’s and women’s support groups, including his own, which is celebrating its 40 anniversary this year. He is a mediator and supervisor of student teachers, and a devoted father of four and grandfather of four.