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 the front in England and America during World War II. Tracing the history of microfilm from its invention concurrently with the camera itself in 1839 and its use in the Siege of Paris in 1870 to transmit documents and letters via carrier pigeon, Wiener’s lecture will explore the invention of V-mail, and both its strategic impact in enabling many more troops and supplies to be shipped by greatly decreasing the space need for the mail, as well as its human impact in carrying the voices of home to troops abroad.
Bring your lunch, and we provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The programs begin 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.